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Kazakhstan: Iran is offered new proposal by P5+100:49

Kazakhstan: Iran is offered new proposal by P5+1

Kazakhstan, Almaty
April 5, 2013 at 10:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kazakhstan: Iran is offered new proposal by P5+1

Nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers of the so-called P5+1 group got underway for a second round this year for the first time since February. Europe has retracted its previous bid for Iran to end its process of furthering its enriched uranium programme, an action involving the chemical going through isotope separation to be used for both military nuclear weapons and civil nuclear power generation.

The European Union head of foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, proposed at the meeting in Almaty that Iran should restrain its development of high percentage uranium in return for a relaxation of Iran's trade in gold and precious metals.

The six countries are collectively suggesting that Iran stop the production and stockpiling of its 20 per cent enriched uranium in its Fordow facility near the city of Qom, but Iran has resisted the international pressure and declared its uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes only.

While the talks are set to continue until April 6, any rejections to proposals made by largely western countries may impose new economic sanctions on Iran in retaliation. Already Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told visiting US senators that Iran's nuclear programme must be stopped.

The P5+1 group consists of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom - and Germany, a chief trading partner of Iran. The assortment of countries joined forces with Iran in 2006 in a bid to negotiate about nuclear weapons. The P5+1 group is sometimes cross referenced with the EU3, a group of France, Germany and the UK, and also with the E3+3, consisting of the EU3 plus China, Russia and the United States.

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Kazakhstan: Iran is offered new proposal by P5+1

Nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers of the so-called P5+1 group got underway for a second round this year for the first time since February. Europe has retracted its previous bid for Iran to end its process of furthering its enriched uranium programme, an action involving the chemical going through isotope separation to be used for both military nuclear weapons and civil nuclear power generation.

The European Union head of foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, proposed at the meeting in Almaty that Iran should restrain its development of high percentage uranium in return for a relaxation of Iran's trade in gold and precious metals.

The six countries are collectively suggesting that Iran stop the production and stockpiling of its 20 per cent enriched uranium in its Fordow facility near the city of Qom, but Iran has resisted the international pressure and declared its uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes only.

While the talks are set to continue until April 6, any rejections to proposals made by largely western countries may impose new economic sanctions on Iran in retaliation. Already Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told visiting US senators that Iran's nuclear programme must be stopped.

The P5+1 group consists of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom - and Germany, a chief trading partner of Iran. The assortment of countries joined forces with Iran in 2006 in a bid to negotiate about nuclear weapons. The P5+1 group is sometimes cross referenced with the EU3, a group of France, Germany and the UK, and also with the E3+3, consisting of the EU3 plus China, Russia and the United States.