Iran begins nuclear talks with 6 world powers in Turkey

"We want to discuss the fundamental problems of global politics at Istanbul talks," says chief Iranian negotiator.

January 21, 2011 11:27
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exterior of the Arak water production facility

Iran - Arak heavy water production facility. (photo credit: AP Photo/Fars News Agancy)

ISTANBUL — Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members sought Friday to find common ground at talks jeopardized by Teheran's refusal to discuss demands that it curb nuclear activities that could manufacture the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

Teheran and the US, Russia, China, Britain and France — plus Germany sat down together with no sign that they were ready to budge from widely differing positions revealed after a first round of talks in Geneva last month.


Iran came to the table warning that it was in no mood to compromise.

"Resolutions, sanctions, threats, computer virus nor even a military attack will stop uranium enrichment in Iran," Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told state TV.

The enrichment program has sparked UN Security Council sanctions, been targeted by the Stuxnet malvare virus — thought to have been manufactured by Israel or the US — and has provoked the threat of military strikes from both America and Israel.

Ahead of the start of Friday's session, the diplomat said EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton, speaking on behalf of Iran's six interlocutors, would urge the Iranian side in her opening address to recognize the need to discuss international concerns about Iran's nuclear program.

Ashton, he said, would renew a 2008 offer providing Iran technical and logistical support for peaceful nuclear activities as well as trade and other incentives in exchange for its willingness to focus on its atomic program.

One development to watch for, he said, would be readiness by Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili to meet US counterpart William Burns in a bilateral meeting. While the Iranians met several delegations at the Geneva talks, they refused a US overture to sit down one-on-one in the Swiss city.

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