Moscow Envoy Expects Drafts for Iran Nuclear Deal Next Week

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Global Security Newswire Staff
May 6, 2014, 9:27 a.m.

A key Rus­si­an en­voy said he ex­pects the out­lines of a long-term deal for Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram to emerge from high-level talks next week.

“As a res­ult of this round, we should at least get some ele­ments of the agreed text and ele­ments of the com­mon text,” Re­u­ters re­por­ted Rus­si­an deputy for­eign min­is­ter Sergei Ry­ab­kov as say­ing in a Tues­day re­port.

Ry­ab­kov was re­fer­ring to ne­go­ti­ations to be held in Vi­enna next week between Ir­an and the five per­man­ent mem­bers of the U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil plus Ger­many. The talks are aimed at ham­mer­ing out a long-term agree­ment that would al­lay glob­al con­cerns that Tehran’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram could be used to pro­duce atom­ic weapons. Ir­an main­tains it has no such plans.

Un­der any deal, Ir­an must modi­fy its nuc­le­ar pro­gram in ex­change for re­lief from in­ter­na­tion­al sanc­tions. An in­ter­im agree­ment grant­ing Ir­an ac­cess to some pre­vi­ously blocked as­sets ex­pires on Ju­ly 20.

“For now, there is no com­mon [text] what­so­ever,” Ry­ab­kov said. “So if we get such an op­tion, this would be a good res­ult.”

Re­u­ters cites is­sue ex­perts as be­ing up­beat about the pro­spects for find­ing com­mon ground. One key re­main­ing obstacle, however, is the scope of any urani­um-en­rich­ment pro­gram that Ir­an is al­lowed to keep.

In­tern­ally, Ir­an’s gov­ern­ment has come un­der pres­sure from con­ser­vat­ive hard-liners for co­oper­at­ing with glob­al powers on a deal, Al-Mon­it­or re­por­ted.

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