Iran to finalize new proposals for Geneva talks
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.13/ Trend R.Zamanov/
A source close to the Iranian negotiating team said that the draft of Iran's new proposals have been prepared and it is currently being revised to be finalized, the IRNA News Agency reported.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, UK and the US - plus Germany known as the P5+1 group will hold a fresh round of talks in Geneva on October 15-16.
Iran is set to put new proposals on the table during its upcoming nuclear talks with the p5+1.
Tehran says those proposals will not include a halt to its uranium enrichment, but they will help avert a deadlock in the negotiations, if the other party is equally serious.
There are reports that Iran will demand clarification on the ultimate goal behind the negotiations during the first round.
Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that Iran is going to Geneva to hold serious and substantive negotiations not to waste time.
"Tehran is looking for a win-win situation that would allay the logical concerns of both parties," Araqchi said, the IRIB News Agency reported.
"We want to make sure that the other party is not holding talks for talks' sake, and the negotiations will bear tangible results," he added.
According to Araqchi, Iran will negotiate about the volume, levels and the methods of enrichment but shipping out the enriched material is a red line for the country.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in the opening meeting of next week's talks with the p5+1, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Zarif heads the Iranian delegation, but sources close to the team say Zarif will be present in the talks only if other parties are represented by their foreign ministers. Otherwise, Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi will represent Iran in the talks.
Russia and China, both P5+1 members, have pressed the U.S. and the European Union to begin scaling back sanctions on Tehran in an effort to underpin negotiations with Hassan Rouhani's government.
Tehran says it's ready to allay the West's concerns about its nuclear energy program, but it also expects the other party to lift its illegal sanctions against the Iranian nation.
The last meeting of the P5+1 with Iran was held in early April, two months before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's victory in presidential election.
At that time, they offered to end sanctions on Iran's petrochemical exports and precious metals trade in return for Tehran suspending its production of 20 percent-enriched uranium and ceasing activities at the Qom site, known as Fordo.
The U.S. and European diplomats said Iran's previous government never formally responded to the offer.