|Iran, 5+1 agree to meet again in Kazakhstan||
TEHRAN — Two days of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) ended on Wednesday with an agreement to return to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for further negotiations on April 5 and 6.
The two sides also agreed to meet at expert level in Istanbul on March 18.
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.
In return the major powers have offered Iran further sanctions relief, reportedly including permission to resume its gold and precious metals trade as well as some international banking activity and petroleum trade.
Iran’s main demand is that its right to uranium enrichment, as enumerated in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, be recognized.
The meeting in Almaty was the first between the world powers and Iran in eight months. According to Reuters, Western officials described the first day of the talks as “useful”.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said the 5+1 group had been “more realistic” than in previous discussions.
“Certain positions of the 5+1 group were more positive compared to those expressed in the past,” Jalili told a press conference.
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