International Powers and Iran to Resume Nuclear Talks Next Week


0  Updated at 2:28 am, February 21st, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Iran will be presented with a new offer from the international group known as the P5+1 in yet another effort to get Tehran to give up its rogue nuclear program.

A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in London that the proposal drawn up by the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany will contain elements not previously raised with Iran.

Talks are scheduled to happen next Tuesday in Kazakhstan, eight months after the last summit in Moscow failed to produce any results.

At the time, the P5+1, which is made up the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany, proposed that Iran suspend production of 20 percent enrichment of uranium, a key step in developing nuclear weapons.

Iran, which claims its program is intended for peaceful purposes, turned down the request even as it suffers from crippling economic and political sanctions that have grown more severe since June 2012.

Tehran has indicated progress could be made if the P5+1 recognizes its right to operate a civilian nuclear program.

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