5 April 2013, 22:37

Russia tries to persuade Iran suspend nuclear program

Иран Шестерка Алма-ата переговоры иран переговоры

After the end of talks between Iran and the six mediators over Iran’s nuclear issue in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, representatives of Russia and Iran held two-sided talks.

The six mediators over Iran’s nuclear issue are the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

After the end of the seven-sided talks, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia would appreciate more efforts for talks from the side of Iran.

“It is hard to say whether we’ll be able to persuade Iran to suspend its work of enriching uranium at a nuclear facility near the village of Fordo,” Mr. Ryabkov said. “This would take many efforts from the mediators.”

On Sunday, the seven-sided talks will resume.

Little progress in talks over Iran

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says that the talks between Iran and six mediators over Iran’s nuclear issue, which took place in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, bore little fruit.

The talks will resume on Sunday.

“However,” Mr. Ryabkov said, “the fact that the process is going slowly is evidence of how seriously the sides are approaching this problem.”

He added that “the plan for cooperation for solving the Iranian nuclear issue, which Iran suggested to the “Six” at these talks, raises more questions than provides answers”.

Sergey Ryabkov refrained from any forecasts concerning what results the Sunday round of talks may bring.

Western diplomat: nothing new in Iran’s “new” plan

A Western diplomat who does not disclose his name says that the six mediators did not see anything new in Iran’s new plan on cooperation in solving the Iranian nuclear issue.

Iran presented this plan at talks that recently ended in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan.

“In fact, the plan includes nothing other than the suggestions that Iran put forward at the previous talks in Moscow, only slightly changed,” the diplomat said to the Russian news agency “RIA Novosti”.

He added that the “Six” have persuaded Iran to hold another round of talks later on Friday.

“Probably this round will bring more success”, the diplomat hopes.

Iran yet to give 'clear, concrete response' to nuclear proposal: Western officials

Iran has yet to give a clear response to a proposal from world powers for ending the decade-long nuclear dispute, Western officials said on Friday after a first round of talks in Almaty.

"There has not yet been a clear and concrete response to the E3+3 Almaty I proposal" that world powers made at the last nuclear negotiations at the same venue in February, a Western official said in a statement to AFP also backed by a second source.

Voice of Russia, AFP, RIA

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