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P5+1 Seeks Renewed Negotiations, Fuel Swap Talks under its Auspices

P5+1 Seeks Renewed Negotiations, Fuel Swap Talks under its Auspices photo

September 22, 2010

According to a statement to be released today by foreign ministers of the P5+1 (comprising the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany), the six countries will announce their hope for reaching “an early negotiated solution” with Iran over its nuclear program, and that they are “ready to engage” on this issue as well as the stalled nuclear fuel swap deal.  Delegates of these countries at yesterday’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference meeting reaffirmed the P5+1’s willingness to negotiate, noting that as an alternative, Iran would face continued economic sanctions.  The release of the official text of the new diplomatic overture is set for this afternoon, following a meeting of the P5+1. 

The P5+1 statement underlines the preference of the world powers to negotiate with Iran on a broader set of issues including the nuclear standoff, and to keep discussions on a fuel swap deal under its auspices, rather than a separate group involving Turkey and Brazil, which Iran has sought to bring in to talks.  On Sunday, Turkish president Abdullah Gul told a press conference in New York that he did not expect criticism from the P5+1 over Turkey’s efforts to help negotiate a solution with Iran.  On Monday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman stated the P5+1’s preference to engage Iran on a “wider sweep of issues,” alluding to P5+1 offers to provide Iran with diplomatic and economic incentives in return for suspending uranium enrichment and providing transparency over its nuclear program.  On Monday, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head, Ali Akbar Salehi, called for new negotiations on the fuel swap deal, and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed on Tuesday that new talks were likely.  Iran has not yet signaled whether it will accept renewed negotiations involving the broader nuclear issue under P5+1 auspices.     

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