|Negotiation on Iran’s red lines meaningless: MP||
TEHRAN – An Iranian MP has said that holding negotiations on Iran’s red lines in the process of talks between Tehran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program is “meaningless”.
MP Esmaeil Kosari made the remarks in an interview with the Mehr News Agency published on Saturday just ahead of a new round of talks between Iran and the six major powers, namely the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, plus Germany, which are known as the 5+1 group.
Iran and the six major powers are scheduled to meet in Geneva on October 15 and 16. And representatives of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet on October 28.
Kosari, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that holding negotiations on the closure of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, the suspension of uranium enrichment in Iran, and the shipping out of the country’s stockpile of enriched uranium is meaningless.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Iran was preparing a package of proposals to halt production of 20 percent enriched uranium, a key demand of the United States and other global powers, according to officials briefed on diplomacy ahead of the Geneva talks.
Tehran in return will request that the U.S. and European Union begin scaling back sanctions, the officials said.
“The Iranians are preparing to go to Geneva with a serious package," said a former Western diplomat who has discussed the incentives with senior Iranian diplomats in recent weeks. “These include limits on the numbers of centrifuges operating, enrichment amounts and the need for verification.”
Iran is also expected to offer to open the country’s nuclear facilities to more intrusive international inspections, the officials said. And Iran is considering offering the closure of an underground uranium-enrichment facility near the city of Qom.
The 5+1 group last met with Iran in early April, two months before President Hassan Rouhani’s electoral victory.
The major powers offered at the time to end sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical exports and precious metals trade in return for Tehran suspending its production of 20 percent-enriched uranium and ceasing activities at the Qom site, known as Fordo.
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