|Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions||
Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran’s nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal, Reuters reported.
The talks between Iran and the major powers failed to yield a deal by a July deadline and were extended by four months in view of remaining wide differences in negotiating positions.
They are expected to resume in September, with the aim of reaching a settlement by November 24 that would put constraints on Tehran’s nuclear program for a specified period of time in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it hoped a deal was possible no later than November.
“Despite the difficult course of the negotiating process, a possibility is emerging to satisfy in full all integral rights of Iran as a member state of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including the right to enrich uranium and lifting the sanctions regime,” it said.
“We presume all parties in the talks will show political will to reach a final, mutually acceptable agreement that would allow to fully restore the international community’s trust in the exclusively peaceful character of Iran’s nuclear program.”
A senior Western diplomat said there had been no narrowing of opinions on the issue of Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium.
“The core of the problem remains the number of centrifuges,” the diplomat said this week, referring to the machines used to refine uranium. The six powers were ready to accept Iran having about 3,000-5,000 centrifuges but Tehran wants “a figure that allows them to have an industrial capacity,” the diplomat said.
Iran now has about 19,400 installed centrifuges at its enrichment plants, of which it is operating roughly half.
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