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Iran nuclear talks start in Turkey

01-21-2011 18:40 BJT

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A new round of nuclear negotiations is underway in Istanbul between Iran and the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. The six world powers are hoping to persuade Iran to rein in its nuclear programme. However, there's little expectation of a major breakthrough, but hopes persist that they can at least agree on a process that will bring further talks.

Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltaniyyeh is now in Russia. He said that Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. He disclosed that the nation has a reserve facility in Fardo near Qom, and will continue its nuclear activities.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (L) and European Union
foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrive for talks at the Ciragan
Palace in Istanbul January 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Ali Asghar Soltaniyyeh, Iran's Representative to IAEA said "Even if one or some of our nuclear facilities were attacked, we could still continue the uranium enrichment programs. Iran will not stop such programs, even for just a second."

The United States and Israel have never ruled out the possibility of resolving the matter by military action.

According to Iranian media, the nation has 2 uranium enrichment facilities on its territory. The Natanz plant in central Iran is already under use, and the other around Qom remains is under construction.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly said the US is considering imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran, but Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the sanctions could only have a negative and counteractive impact.

Expectations about the talks were high among some Iranians.

U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs William Burns (C) arrives for talks
at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul January 21, 2011. Iran gave no sign of making
concessions to world powers trying to persuade it to rein in its nuclear programme
at talks which began in Istanbul on Friday. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Amir Sadeghi, Tehran resident said "I hope this will be the last round of talks, because we have had the highest level of transparency so far and now the whole world knows that Iran is just after peaceful nuclear energy and nothing else."

Amir Mousavi, Political Analyst said "The negotiator for the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul must be strong and should never back off. And should announce that Iran is ready for any possible confrontation or unexpected reaction."

The Istanbul talks followed last months in Geneva, which were the first held in more than a year. Analysts say that the best that can be hoped for from the Friday's meeting was an agenda for future talks, which would require a positive gesture from the Iranian side.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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