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Iran, P5+1 must take five steps to push talks forward: SNSC
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Undersecretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri (file photo)
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:1PM
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Undersecretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has urged both Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) to take five steps to push multifaceted talks forward.

“Regarding reciprocal measures, five steps have been specifically presented which can push the process of talks forward,” Ali Baqeri told reporters at the end of the first day of the fresh negotiations between Iran and P5+1 -- Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany -- in Moscow on Monday.

“These [five steps] are interrelated and, as a package, can lead to real progress,” Baqeri added.

The Iranian diplomat stated that confidence-building measures and transparency on the part of the P5+1, in addition to bilateral measures for cooperation in nuclear and non-nuclear fields form the general outlines of Iran's proposed reciprocal steps.

Baqeri noted that during the talks, the SNSC’s Secretary Saeed Jalili has reiterated that winning the Iranian nation’s trust and giving a proper response to the Islamic Republic’s past and present steps in asserting its nuclear rights constitute the main approach to progressive talks.

The SNSC official assessed negotiations held on the first day of the Moscow talks as “constructive and serious.”

The Iranian delegation outlined illegality of sending Iran's nuclear energy dossier from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors to the UN Security Council and sanctions against the country on the basis of the IAEA Statute and Charter of the United Nations, he said.

Iran and the P5+1 launched the third round of their new series of talks in the Russian capital of Moscow on Monday.

The Iranian delegation is led by the SNSC Secretary Jalili, and the P5+1 is headed by the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.


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