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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Expert (JMD): Iran and Six powers have common interests in extending talks


Expert: Iran and Six powers have common interests in extending talks

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 27 / Trend S.Isayev/
In a strange way, Iran and the United States as well as the other participants have a common interest in extending the talks, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.
Dorsey explained that as long as the six-party talks are ongoing, it is difficult for Israel to launch a strike against Iran.
Baghdad is getting ready to host the next round of "Iran-Six powers" nuclear negotiations on May 23. The prior meeting of the parties was hosted in Turkey's Istanbul on April 14.
Speaking about the fact that Iran would consider a Russian proposal to halt the expansion of its nuclear program in order to avert new sanctions, Dorsey believes it can be possible.
"If Iran feels that the proposal strengthens its positions and weakens the impact of the EU sanctions, will certainly consider it. Acceptance of the proposal would not constitute a pre-condition," he noted.
Iran is considering a Russian proposal to halt the expansion of its nuclear program in order to avert new sanctions, the country's envoy to Moscow Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said recently.
Russian plan, announced by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov last week, would allow Iran to avoid a European Union ban on its crude that is scheduled to come into force in July.
Earlier this month, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has stressed that Tehran will not accept any preconditions for the negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the world's six major powers (P5+1), expressing hope that a new round of talks would yield win-win results.
Later Salehi outlined his country's message in an interview with ISNA, saying that "if the West wants to build trust, it should begin with sanctions, because it can help speed up the talks reaching a solution".

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