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06/17/12

Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator Arrives In Moscow

Source: Mehr News Agency

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili arrived in Moscow on Monday morning for negotiations with the major powers which officially starts on Tuesday and will last until Wednesday.

The negotiators from major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) are headed by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The Iranian negotiating team headed by Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, will engage in negotiations with the representatives of the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China - plus Germany). The talks are headed by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The Moscow meeting is a follow-up to recent negotiations between Iran and the major powers in Istanbul and Baghdad after a 15-month hiatus.

Iranian nuclear negotiators not optimistic about Moscow talks

The Iranian negotiating team does not seem optimistic about the result of nuclear talks with the major powers which will start in Moscow on Monday, the Mehr News Agency correspondent says.

The quality of the interaction of the Western countries' representatives in the nuclear talks with Iran coupled with the atmosphere prevalent in the Baghdad talks, a reluctance for preparatory and expert talks before the Moscow meeting, and no authorization to present effective proposals have almost eroded chances for a breakthrough in the talks which starts on Monday, our correspondent says.

The Iranian negotiators say the Western countries on the 5+1 group have reneged on the agreements made in the previous meetings. They also say if the Western countries repeat their previous statements the negotiations will "definitely fail".

There is also no sign that the Western countries are committed to the "step-by-step" approach or any new proposals will be presented in the talks on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the "step-by-step" proposal, which was first revealed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Moscow Embassy in Washington on July 12, 2011, Iran would take steps to increase cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and those steps would be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.

Top U.S. negotiator on Iran travels to Moscow

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman departed for Moscow on Saturday to lead the United States' delegation to the talks between Iran and the six major powers, according to a media note posted on the website of the U.S. Department of State.

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