Iran seeks new proposals on nuclear program before Geneva meetings
Iran’s foreign minister stated that Iran is expecting new proposals from world powers regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program before meetings in Geneva in mid-October.
With that in mind, the US is also expecting a response from Iran regarding proposals that have already been made as a starting point. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wants a resolution agreed on within six months however and unless negotiations reach a starting point, it is not likely any resolution with appear.
In a report by Reuters, the so-called P5+1, France, Russian, US, Britain, China and Germany-the five plus one members of the UN Security Council-have agreed that they want Iran to modify their uranium enrichment process by lowering uranium to 20 percent. They are also asking that Iran ship out some of their stockpiles and shut down a facility where enrichment is done.
If Iran complies, the UN has offered to lift some international sanctions on Iran’s exports of petrochemicals and gold trade.
Both sides of possible resolutions are being met with skepticism from conservatives in the Iran and other countries. After a phone call between US President Obama and Iran’s President Rouhani, push back from both leaders’ countries was obvious.
Negotiations for proposals are coming at a time when US President Obama says Iran could be only a year away from producing a nuclear weapon as reported by AP. Obama claims the US experts are making a conservative call on the timing but that all negotiations moving toward peace are in the best interest of all nations.