TEHRAN – Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev a day before nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers.
Today, Iran is scheduled to hold talks with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, over its nuclear program.
During the meeting, Jalili said the world community is looking to receive “logical” and “credible” responses from the 5+1 group to Iran’s proposals, which were presented in the last meeting between the two sides in Moscow in June 2012.
The core of the package presented by Iran during the Moscow talks was that the negotiating partners recognize Iran’s right to uranium enrichment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and no obligations should be imposed on the country beyond the NPT.
For his part, Nazarbayev underlined that all signatories to the NPT must be allowed to exercise their right to a peaceful nuclear energy.
Jalili meets Kazakh foreign minister
On Monday, Jalili also met with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov and discussed a number of issues.
During the meeting, Jalili said regional countries can ensure peace and security in the region if they actively try to counter common threats and prevent foreigners from interfering in regional security issues.
Certain powers say they are making efforts to boost regional security, but the fact that they are pressuring and imposing sanctions on others, in line with their illogical goals, gives the lie to this claim, he noted.
He also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Kazakhstan, which both have expertise in the area of civilian nuclear energy, are opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
He added that security cooperation among regional countries will leave no space for the presence of foreigners in the region.
Idrisov, for his part, stated that all countries in the region and beyond acknowledge the undeniable role of Iran in maintaining peace and security in the region.
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