The E3+3 group (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China) met Iran in Baghdad on May 23 and 24. The purpose of the meeting was to continue the talks on the Iranian nuclear program renewed in Istanbul on April 14.
The members of the group presented to their Iranian interlocutors a package of concrete measures to build confidence that the Iranian nuclear program is exclusively for civilian purposes. These measures relate to the 20% enrichment activities carried out by Iran, particularly at the Qom site, in breach of the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors. They would be a first step toward Iran’s full compliance with its international obligations.
The talks were lengthy and detailed. They have not yet enabled us to reach an agreement. However, the E3+3 and Iran agreed to continue their discussions in Moscow on June 18 and 19. Iran must then be in a position to respond constructively to our proposals so that a genuine negotiation process leading to concrete results can be initiated.
Failing this, we shall be prompted to take new measures, in line with the two-pronged approach combining openness to dialogue and sanctions.
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