Iran: Stopping Nuclear Facilities Is Not On The Table

DSC_5198-Under the auspices of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Iran and six world powers, namely France, Germany, UK, China, Russia and USA began negotiations in Vienna today Tuesday February 18 2014, with the aim of resolving the confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The negotiations are based on the Geneva “Joint Plan of Action.”

Under the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, whose implementation started last January 20, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

The morning meeting lasted only 45 minutes. Afterwards, the Iranian delegation began separate discussions with the various delegations. Another plenum is scheduled to take place later today.

DSC_5193 -Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represents the six world powers in the nuclear talks, presided over the talks.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters in Vienna that the opening plenum got off to a “good start.” He added that “political resolve and a good start” are essential for talks between Iran and the six powers to reach a final agreement, adding that negotiations in Vienna will be based on the Geneva “Joint Plan of Action.”

He stated that discussions in Vienna will focus on Iran’s nuclear program, and that Iran won’t agree to discuss other issues, such as its missiles program. Araqchi added that “dismantling nuclear facilities or stopping them completely is not on the table” as far as Iran is concerned.

Michael Mann, spokesperson for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said at a press briefing that all concerns on Iran’s nuclear program will be addressed during the talks.

The meeting was attended by a broad plenum – the Iranian delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the delegations of the six world powers – the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – as well as Ashton and her team.

3 comments to Iran: Stopping Nuclear Facilities Is Not On The Table

  • Eileen Kuch

    Unlike Israel, Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has allowed UN Inspectors into its nuclear facilities. Even North Korea had allowed inspectors in, when Kim Jung-Il was in charge; but, what about Israel? Its various leaders – from David Ben-Gurion all the way to Benjamin Netanyahu – have never admitted to even possessing a nuclear arsenal. The truth is, Israel is the only nuclear power in this volatile region, and that puts neighboring nations in great danger.

    The facts that Israel not only is the sole nuclear power in the region, but also the most aggressive, also endangers the rest of the world. How many times has the Zionist Entity threatened Iran, or Iraq, or Syria with war, even nuclear war, just within 30 years? These threats alone had Iran developing its missile technology to the point now that the Islamic Republic has the latest hypersonic missiles that can evade the best radar systems. The fact that Iran has not attacked its neighbors in over 400 years is a feat in itself. Not even the US can match that, since it’s still waging war in Afghanistan and threatening war in other countries. And Israel? We all know that country’s record.

  • Defiant

    LMAO! ANOTHER example of Americans sitting back and WATCHING Obama fail…AS IT HAPPENS…and do NOTHING.

    Why doesn’t he just SELL Iran a few nukes? At least it would cover the cost of Moochelle’s next vacation.

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