Iran, Group 5+1 Start Second Day of Talks in Geneva
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The negotiating teams from Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) started their second day of talks at the Palais des Nations in Geneva amid a spirit of new optimism this round of talks could lead to a real breakthrough.
The talks officially started with a few hours delay upon the request by the G5+1 representatives and for further consultations among members of the G5+1.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, who is taking a lead role in the negotiations, had earlier said that the group asked for the delay in today’s morning session “due to seriousness of the debates”.
According to an official close to the Iranian team, the evening session of nuclear talks on Tuesday revolved around Iran’s proposed plan that was offered to the representatives of G5+1 countries earlier in the day.
Tehran has presented a three-step plan that aims to bring the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program to an end, but details of the proposals have not been revealed so far.
Araqchi had earlier said in a press conference on Tuesday that his country presented its three-step proposal during the morning session of negotiations in Geneva.
In his press conference, Araqchi declined to give any details about the plan’s contents, but outlined the general features of the proposals as the following: First, using the Supreme Leader’s fatwa as the most important step; second, commitment from the G5+1 to recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium and enjoy nuclear facilities, including research reactors; and third, peaceful nuclear cooperation between the two sides, transparency and supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and lifting all the anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.
Later on Tuesday, Araqchi said in another press conference that the Group 5+1 have evinced a positive tone in the negotiations, but still there has been no significant shift in their attitude towards the talks.
He said the six world powers have had a tone that was more positive compared to the previous negotiations.
“But” the Iranian diplomat added “we have not seen any change in their attitude.”
Araqchi further noted that with its new proposals, Iran has proven a major shift in its attitudes, and expressed the hope that the other side would also change its attitude in Wednesday sessions.
“Without a change in their attitude, it would be difficult to move forward,” he explained.
Araghchi had earlier said the Iranian plan called "An End to the Unnecessary Crisis and a Beginning for Fresh Horizons" contained many new ideas and had the capacity to make a breakthrough but added negotiators had agreed to keep the details confidential for now.