|5+1 to offer Iran a ‘reformulated’ proposal after U.S. election: report||
TEHRAN – The six major powers will launch a diplomatic drive after the U.S. presidential election and will put forward a “reformulated” proposal to help resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 6.
The latest round of high-level talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19.
No decision has yet been made on the next round of negotiations.
The world powers have demanded that Iran halt 20 percent enrichment, shut down the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, and ship all of its stocks of 20 percent enriched uranium out of the country.
Iran’s main demand is that its right to uranium enrichment, as enumerated in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, be recognized.
According to the Guardian, the reformulated proposal will offer limited relief from existing sanctions and other incentives for Iran to limit the level of enrichment of its uranium stockpile.
An attempt will be made to sequence the steps required to reach a deal to overcome the mutual distrust.
“We recognize that the Iranians need something more with which they can sell a deal at home, and we will expect real change on the other side. It is about getting the sequencing right. That is what this next round will be about,” a European official said.
“If Iran is prepared to do enough, sanctions will be on the table,” another western diplomat said. “It shouldn’t expect (the six-power group) to blink first – but if it’s ready to take genuine steps we’re ready to respond. This could include sanctions relief – but only for the right moves by Iran.”
“Elections obviously mean there’s a great deal of uncertainty, but there will be more clarity after November and clearly that’s an opportunity,” one western diplomat said.
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