G5 +1, divided on the Iranian nuclear issue

There are discrepancies between the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China, members of the Group 5 +1 (G5 +1) - to respond to the proposal made by Iran in talks that have started Wednesday morning in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

Iran offered a package of proposals to the G5 +1, related to both the nuclear and other issues.

The head of the Russian delegation at the talks in Baghdad, Sergei Ryabkov, has been in favor of talks and insisted on resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue. However, some media have reported that U.S. representatives do not favor such an approach and have vowed to continue with its policy of unilateral pressure and sanctions to make Iran give up its nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes.

The top negotiator of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the nuclear field, Said Jalili, met at night with the head of the delegation of the G5 +1 and the High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, to discuss the proposals made by Iran.

The second day of talks, which will focus on future cooperation between Iran and the G5 +1, starts tomorrow in the city of Baghdad.

The latest round of talks between the two parties took place last April 14 in Istanbul, Turkey, and was described by both Iran and the G5 +1 members as constructive.

Translated from the Spanish version by:
Lisa Karpova


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