An Iranian nuclear negotiator says the Islamic Republic expects the world powers of the P5+1 group to come to the next round of nuclear talks scheduled to be held later this month in Kazakhstan with a new package of proposals. “The P5+1 knows well that it should have a new proposal and word for Iran. In Almaty, we will be just listening,” Mostafa Dowlatyar, who will be an Iranian delegate to the February 26 talks in Almaty, said on Monday. The P5+1 comprises the United States, France, Russia, Britain, and China plus Germany.
“We have already expressed our views and we will respond to them based on what they are going to present to us,” Dowlatyar said.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on February 6 that the P5+1 would make an “updated and credible” offer to Iran during the upcoming talks. “We will approach the talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with an updated and credible offer for Iran. The onus is on Iran to respond seriously and turn its declared willingness to negotiate into concrete action,” Hague was quoted as saying. Dowlatyar said the Iranian people are naturally entitled to enjoy nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives. KA/SS/MA