(ALMATY, Kazakhstan) — Six super powers known as the P5+1 resumed talks on Tuesday with Iranian officials over Tehran’s rogue nuclear program. The discussions, the first since last June, are taking place in Almaty, Kazakhstan and resume on Wednesday.
The U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have presented a proposal to Iran to scale back crippling sanctions if the Iranians stop enriching uranium to 20 percent, a key step in developing nuclear weapons although Tehran continues to assert its program is only for peaceful purposes.
If inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency can verify that Iran actually has no nuclear weapons and no secret enrichment sites, then the super powers would partially lift penalties that would help revive Iran’s economy, which has been hard hit by an international oil embargo.
The P5+1 is under no illusion that Iran will readily accept any deal, given tough talk from its theocratic regime that undermines statements of possible compliance from government officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Essentially, what the international community wants is assurances from Iran that it would be willing to hold further talks down the road even as Israel warns that Iran is coming very close to creating nuclear bombs that threaten its security.
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Don Melvin and Greg Botelho, CNN Newswire
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