Iran, P5+1 agree to meet on Nov. 7-8
After two days of negotiations on Iran's nuclear issue, the world powers and the Islamic republic agreed on Wednesday to meet again in Geneva on Nov. 7-8.
After two-day talks between the P5+1 -- including Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany -- and Iran, they for the first time agreed on a joint statement and announced on Wednesday to meet again in Geneva on Nov. 7-8.
The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters that after two-day talks between the P5+1 -- including Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany -- and Iran, they for the first time agreed on a joint statement.
The P5+1 and Iranian nuclear scientific and sanctions experts will convene before the next meeting to address differences and develop practical steps, according to the joint statement reached by Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad-Zarif, who headed the Iranian delegation.
Ashton said the discussions were "intensive" and "very important."
During the meeting, Zarif presented an outline of a plan as a proposed base for negotiation, which has been carefully considered by the P5+1 delegates as an important contribution.
Members of delegations followed with in-depth bilateral and joint consultations on various elements of the approach, according to the statement.
On Wednesday, Zarif told reporters that "All in all, useful talks were held."
"Iran's proposal has the capacity to make a breakthrough" in the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1, said Zarif.
"Our interests make it necessary to allay the logical concerns of the world," and Iran will try to ensure the world powers about the "peaceful nature" of its nuclear program, he said, adding that in the meantime, his country will not retreat from its rights on the basis of the nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
In the two-day meeting, important steps were taken to show the willingness for confidence-building, and the "seriousness of talks" was a proof for this matter, he added.
About Iran's readiness to accept inclusion of the "additional protocol" in its offered proposal, he said "In Iran, there are some legal restrictions over the inclusion of the protocol ... However, these are the subjects that comprise our discussions (with the powers) and will be discussed in the (upcoming) talks."
According to Iranian media, Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said earlier on the day that Iran will accept the "additional protocol" to the NPT.
Araqchi, who was leading Iran's nuclear talks with the world powers in Geneva, said that unannounced visit to nuclear facilities of Iran is part of the country's proposal to the meeting with world powers in Geneva, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
The protocol allows unexpected inspections into Iran's nuclear facilities by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and obliges Iran to provide the agency with any information regarding its nuclear activities.
Also, official IRNA news agency on Wednesday confirmed the reports of the inclusion of "additional protocol" in Iran's proposed-package to the nuclear talks.
Araqchi told ISNA that the level of Iran's uranium enrichment and implementing "additional protocol" are parts of Iran's proposal included in its last stage.
Earlier, Iran announced that it would put forward a three-stage proposal in the Geneva nuclear talks. The proposal package, if agreed upon at the first stage, will automatically commit the other party to "the recognition of the uranium enrichment right on Iran's soil" as the objective of the negotiations.
On Wednesday, Zarif reacted to the Western sanctions against Iran in the past years saying that sanctions have proved as "failed" and "useless" mechanisms to press Iran.
The West should have learned from the "fruitlessness" of the sanctions adopted against Iran, said Iranian foreign minister, adding that "the sanction policy has not served in their interests and the sanctions have not led to the change of policies in Iran."
"The P5+1 should have come to the conclusion to change the approach and we will examine this change," Zarif emphasized.
Besides, Araqchi said that Iran waits for "change of approach" from the world powers in the talks.
The climate of negotiations in Geneva was "positive" and both sides conducted "serious" talks and tried to avoid "disputable discussions," said Araqchi, adding that "We have witnessed a positive tone in the other party, but their approach hasn't changed yet."
It would be difficult to advance in the talks without the change of approaches, he said echoing Zarif's remarks.
The Iranian top diplomat added that Iran's offer is just a proposal and is subject to modifications, according to ISNA.