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Key Players in Iran Nuclear Talks Make Varying Demands

Military complex at Parchin, Iran (file photo).
Military complex at Parchin, Iran (file photo).
Carla Babb

Here are the key players and their stances going into Saturday's talks between Iran and world powers over Iran's controversial nuclear program:

Western nations fear Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, which requires enriching uranium to more than 90 percent.

IRAN

Tehran has sent mixed signals, hinting toward a compromise while warning against pressure.  Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says Tehran will present new initiatives at the talks, but warned that efforts by Western nations to exert pressure would "backfire."

Fereidoon Abbasi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, has said that enriching uranium above the 20 percent level needed for the Tehran research reactor is not a long-term goal for Iran. He said enrichment could eventually be dropped to the 3.5 percent level needed for nuclear power generation.

However, Hossein Sheikholeslami, a former Iranian ambassador to Syria, has said Iranians regard uranium enrichment as "our inalienable right” and warned not to expect any enrichment freezes.

RUSSIA AND CHINA

Russia and China see international sanctions as ineffective and a move that only makes Iran "more stubborn," as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabov said Tuesday.

China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that it hopes all parties will "show flexibility and sincerity in the dialogue, to open a constructive and sustained dialogue process."

UNITED STATES

The U.S. is hoping for a diplomatic solution while showing signs of slowly running out of patience.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday "there is still time for diplomacy" to resolve the nuclear dispute, adding that the talks provide an opportunity for Iran to "address seriously" the international community’s concerns.

Other U.S. officials have said the U.S. will demand that Iran halt higher-grade uranium enrichment and immediately close its Fordo underground nuclear facility.

President Barack Obama has said "all options are on the table" to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, including the "military component."

BRITAIN, FRANCE and GERMANY

France is pushing for a total halt to Iran's nuclear program, not just Iran's higher-grade uranium enrichment.  

Along with the U.S., the European Union is demanding that Iran dismantle its underground nuclear facility.  A spokesman for EU foreign policy chef Catherine Ashton said this week that she hopes the talks in Turkey "produce a conducive environment for concrete progress."  

The EU has joined the U.S. in imposing oil and financial sanctions on Iran beyond the sanctions levied by the U.N. Security Council.

The White House says French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama agreed Thursday to continue increasing pressure on Iran through sanctions and other measures if Tehran remains unresponsive.  

ISRAEL

While not a party to the talks, Israeli leaders say a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to Israel's existence and they have threatened military action to stop Tehran from getting close to developing a nuclear weapon.

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by: Gman
April 12, 2012 2:20 PM
This would not be even a problem if they Iran did not have a culture of lying to outsiders no one can trust them. Any group that gets early offended should never ever have this kind of technology.

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