Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
by Staff Writers
Almaty, Kazakhstan (AFP) April 06, 2013
Iran was asking for too much for too little in return during its nuclear negotiations with world powers that wound down Saturday in Kazakhstan, a senior US official said.
"It is fair to say that Iran is willing to take very limited steps on its nuclear programme while expecting very significant results in return," the senior US official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
"They put forward some minimal ideas but expected a great return and a quite disproportionate return," the US official said.
The two-day discussion between Iran and the world powers -- comprised of the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany and known collectively as the P5+1 -- ended in the Kazakh city of Almaty without an agreement or any decision about when the sides will meet again.
The US official said these talks differed from four previous sessions held in the past two years because they were much more substantive and involved give-and-take by both sides.
"The quality of the discussion was different in the sense that we were talking about all the topics of the confidence-building measure," said the official.
"We didn't do our set pieces. It was really a lot of give and take -- quite different from the last times. But you still have to get to the substance. The substance is not there yet."
The official added that the negotiating process will continue in the same or some other format in the future, pointing out that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton would be calling chief Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili in a matter of days.
"We believe the process can continue -- how, we are not sure the best way," said the official. "At the moment, we don't know" if there will be a new round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran or some other format."
Yet the official expressed confidence that the change in the substance of the discussion meant that certain progress was being made.
"There may not have been a breakthrough. But there was also no breakdown," the senior US official said.
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|