Iran willing to discuss snap inspections of its nuclear facilities

Negotiations between Iran, world powers continue in Geneva; Iranian FM says signing 'additional protocol' is part of last step of proposal.

Ashton and Zarif - AP
EU chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear ... / Photo by AP
By Barak Ravid
Published 11:33 16.10.13

GENEVA - Iran and the world powers resumed talks for the second day in Geneva on Wednesday and many questions remain regarding the content of the new Iranian proposal that was presented on Tuesday.

At this stage, it appears as though the Iranian proposal includes the willingness to limit uranium enrichment, but also a demand that the world powers recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium on its soil.

Iranian state television reported that Iran discussed limiting uranium enrichment with the world powers and even expressed willingness to discuss signing the "additional protocol" - snap inspections of its nuclear facilities.

"None of these issues exist in the first step, but they are part of our last step," Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

On Wednesday morning, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and his advisers will meet with the negotiating teams of the European Union, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, and France. A second meeting between the Iranian delegation and the representatives of the six world powers is expected to take place on Wednesday afternoon.

An Iranian diplomat said that a joint statement by Iran and the six world powers will be released at the end of the talks. Afterward, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold separate press conferences.

On Tuesday evening, following the meeting between the U.S. and Iranian delegations, talks continued at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The head of the U.S. negotiating team, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, met Araqchi on Tuesday evening. An American official said that the meeting was similar to those held by the Iranians with other delegations.

On Wednesday morning, several reports surfaced regarding the three-staged Iranian proposal to the world powers, due to be enacted within 6-12 months. AP reported that the Iranians are proposing to limit uranium enrichment as well as the number of centrifuges doing the enrichment.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that Iran is prepared to suspend uranium enrichment at 20%, but demands the removal of international sanctions in return.

Iran and the six world powers will hold a follow-up round of nuclear negotiations in a few weeks' time in Geneva, Zarif said in a post on his Facebook account on Wednesday.

Israel, on its part, is continuing to express concern regarding the nuclear talks. Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday that "Israel is watching the talks in Geneva with hope and concern."

Israel, he said, has not shut the door on prospects of a diplomatic solution. "If there will be a serious agreement that will distance Iran from the ability to develop a nuclear weapon we will congratulate it and it will be good for everyone," Steinitz said. "But we are concerned that the 2013 Geneva talks will turn into 1938 Munich. History has already seen an agreement that the entire world praised but only a year later World War II erupted."

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  • 14.
    Iran willing to discuss snap inspections
    which means that sanctions and Israel's pressure work.
  • 13.
    Israel is not afraid of Iran nukes. Israel just wants to destroy every strong country in the region
    which may stop its conquering of Arab lands.
  • 12.
    Iran is more trustworthy than israel. How many times has israel renegged? LOTS
  • 11.
    Iran to offer snap inspections... The Israeli Left should throw in an offer of unconditional surrender and unilateral disarmament. LOL
  • 10.
    The world has figured out that: That Netanyahu is Chicken Little.
    Running around flapping his arms; the sky is falling; cock a doodle doo. The sky is falling. Iran is going to nuke us and U.S. We may have to preemptively nuke them first. Stop them world. Stop them U.S. Conventionally bomb them back to the stone ages to prevent a nuclear war. That Israel may reign supreme, a beacon of sanity in a region in chaos. I am the Messiah. Israel is the land of God. Jews are his people. Hail!
  • Nentanyahu & Co. is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
    Netanyahu is arogant and needs to be calmed down. If not he is going to bring misery and destruction all over the Middle East including Israel.
  • 9.
    Parading Out President Rohani On The World's Stage For Approval Of His Political Attire But Assigning Him Only A Financial SOS Portfolio Is
    ... a smoke and mirror theatrical presentation crafted by Iran's revolutionary lying Regime to gain them a second financial wind in their long, arduous race to achieve regional hegemony and beyond. Going broke fast will make them humble and teachable for only a short time and when they regain their financial buffer they will quickly be up to their old asinine antics again.
  • I always wondered how much the Israeli Foreign ministry pays you dudes to be blithering blubbering idiots?
    I bet you get good benefit packages too.
  • So many words - so little sense
  • Reuben of NYC?
    NO Payment? You mean you do it for Free?
  • Reuben, I'd Say You're The Idiot With Nothing To Say About The Article & Your Assumption About Me Is Even More Uneducated
    Sorry to hear that you're not familiar with the word taqiyyeh yet as practiced religiously by Iran.
  • 8.
    In Declaring "Heroic Flexibility" As Iran's Response To World Pressures, Imam Khamenei & Co. Still Consider Themselves As Heroes & The Rest
    ... of the world therefore as Zeroes! Watch out for the value of the ink used by the Regime for any of its fancy signatures as it's the proverbial measure of their credibility.
  • it is their problem how they cosider themselves
  • Which proverb?
  • Israel needs to keep the attention on Iran to help take the focus off their appalling treatment of the Occupied Palestinians
  • Tony, What Do You Really Care About The Palestinians Or About The Syrians?
    What have you got against the poor Palestinian people that are being led astray by their corrupt, incompetent leaders as you consistently fail to address their wrongs? They are in the Palestinian Cause business to look after themselves and to poison the hopes and dreams of their people generation after generation. There is no one of a Sadat stature amongst them, no one even remotely close.
  • Tony, What Do You Really Care About The Palestinians Or About The Syrians?
    What have you got against the poor Palestinian people that are being led astray by their corrupt, incompetent leaders as you consistently fail to address their wrongs? They are in the Palestinian Cause business to look after themselves and to poison the hopes and dreams of their people generation after generation. There is no one of a Sadat stature amongst them, no one even remotely close.
  • 7.
    iranians are maintaining their face. they are sincere and willing to cooperate. what about israel's sincerity?
  • "willing to cooperate"
    More sanctions - more "willingness".
  • 6.
    Promises, Promises From The Iranian Regime At The Nuclear Talks Are Just Part Of The Bobbing & Weaving & "Heroic Flexibility" Instructions …
    … shouted out from the Caliphate Corner back in Tehran to its prized MMA fighter in the Geneva ring against the “infidels” daring to array themselves against it and to have it over a barrel.
  • 5.
    Steinitz:"israel seeing the discussions with hope and concerns"
    Hope that they will fail and concerns that they will manage.
  • 4.
    How about snap inspections for Israel's nuclear facilities while we're at it.
    Why not? As the old saying goes, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
  • isnspecting israeli nuclear facilities? Never!!
    jewish nukes are holycows.
  • 3.
    Why do Ashton and Zarif laugh? Yes - it's the "snap inspection".
    Ashton and the mullahs will talk and laughing as long as it last for Iran to get the bomb. There is only on solution: someone must destroy the nuclear facilities of Iran.
  • hans inciting violence.
  • Violence? Only to destroy the nuclear plants in Iran. Don't forget - Iran is a fascist mullah dictatorship.
  • 2.
    Norway sold Israel heavy water with the expectations that it be used for peaceful purposes and that Israel allow annual inspections to the
    Norwegians. To this day Israel renegged on its promises to allow inspections and that it was to be used for peaceful purposes and not in the manufacture of WMDs. Why should Iran be held to a higher standard and then if it keeps his promise and allows inspections why should Israel be able to do as it pleases?
  • 1.
    observation
    That's better than Israel as far as inspection, which Israel will not accept at all.
  • thing is, Israel doesnt make threats about wiping anyone off the face of the earth, or promising to nuke anyone into oblivion.
  • Really? Who keeps threatening pre-emptive strikes on Iran?