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Iran Nuclear Talks Need Reset

The P5+1 and Iran should reset the agenda to include a compromise statement on Iran’s right to enrichment, a roadmap for the lifting of UN, EU and US sanctions, and urgent discussion of regional security matters, including Syria.
Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili attends a news conference after the talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Almaty April 6, 2013. Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Saturday there was some distance between the positions of Tehran and world powers but its disputed uranium enrichment could be a subject for confidence-building cooperation.

The nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, led by the European Union) held in Kazakhstan April 5-6, ended with a familiar refrain: Iran unwilling to concede to the West’s demands on its nuclear program absent both recognition of its right to enrich uranium and a roadmap for the lifting of sanctions.  

Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen covered the Almaty talks, which were reportedly more detailed and substantive from previous meetings, including a “30–45-minute back and forth between the lead US negotiator at the talks, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Iran’s lead negotiator, Saeed Jalili, in which Sherman asked Jalili a series of specific questions and he responded."

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