Friday, April 13, 2012

Nuclear chess in Istanbul

NEW YORK - On Saturday, a new round of nuclear chess between Iran and representatives of the "Iran Six" nations will resume in Istanbul after a 13-month hiatus in talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran has responded positively to Russia's and China's request to show flexibility and will come to the meeting with a "positive approach". Tehran's expectations are that this will yield mild progress and set the stage for a follow-up round in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. The other members of the "Iran Six" - also known as the P5+1 - are the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Both Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, and Ali Akbar Salehi, the foreign minister, have expressed a desire to see a constructive meeting that will "show the common points between the two sides and the fuel for amity and cooperation", to paraphrase Salehi.

The talks come after months of increased tensions between Iran and the US, along with other Western countries, which suspect that Tehran's nuclear program might not be as peaceful as it claims. Sanctions have been placed on Iran by the United Nations as well as individual countries, including the US. Read More