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US, Russia Want Clarity on Iran Nuclear Issue

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Summit, Oct. 7, 2013.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Summit, Oct. 7, 2013.
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The United States and Russia have discussed the need to develop specific proposals on Iran's nuclear program amid ongoing international talks about fears the country is developing atomic weapons.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (on the sidelines of an economic summit in Indonesia) that Iran likely wants "more clarity" about the way forward.

"Iran probably wants more clarity," Lavrov said. "More specific steps to be spelled out on the road to the result which we all want to achieve. And I think this will be discussed next week in Geneva, a meeting to which Iran agreed. And to which Iran and three plus three are getting ready in a very constructive mood, as our contacts in New York show."  

Kerry said the United States is encouraged by Iran's recent outreach efforts, but that actions, and not words, are what will make a difference.

"So what we need are a set of proposals from Iran that fully disclose how they will show the world that their program is peaceful," Kerry said. "And we have made it clear that if there are those indicators, the United States and our allies are absolutely prepared to move in appropriate ways to meet their actions.”

Kerry said Iran has not responded to an offer the P5+1 group made earlier this year, which called for Iran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and halt enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that offer was no longer valid, and that the P5+1 should come to next week's negotiations with a "new point of view."

Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes and wants the international community to lift a range of sanctions imposed for its refusal to halt enrichment activity.

The possible threat of a ballistic missile strike from countries like Iran has led the United States to plan a missile shield in Europe. Russia disagrees with the move, saying the system could neutralize its own strategic missile force and leave it vulnerable to the West.

Kerry said Monday it is too early to make determinations about the system as long as the Iranian threat continues. But he said the U.S. and Russia are continuing to talk about the plan and are trying to work out a way that meets the needs of both countries.

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by: Tony Bellchambers from: London UK
October 07, 2013 3:23 PM

The plain fact is that the current Israeli government is intent on trying to force the US into attacking, Iran, its challenger for regional hegemony, and thereupon laying the foundations for a war in which it is able to use its undeclared cruise missiles assumed to be currently loaded on its nuclear submarines covertly patrolling the Mediterranean off the coast of North Africa, France, Spain, Italy and the Gulf.

Unlike the US, Russia and all 28 EU member states, Israel has never signed and ratified international agreements, the NPT, the CWC, or the BWC leaving it free to build and use nuclear, chemical and biological WMD.

There is little doubt that this constitutes the greatest single, potential threat to world peace since WW2 and the most important political and military error of the 21st century.

There is only one answer: the entire Middle East, including both Iran and Israel, to be declared by the United Nations as a Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Free Zone and all existing WMD, whether nuclear, chemical or biological to be destroyed.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 08, 2013 6:17 AM
It is not healthy to work on assumption and make up your mind along a destructive suggestion that triggers nuclear arms race in the Middle East region. Assuming that Israel has any of these WMD you enumerated here, Israel has never thought that any country should be wiped out of world map where upon it did not determine its existence on the world map in the first place. It has not been Israel's agenda to destroy any country just because it has not accepted its religion, say Judaism - as the muslims all over the world and Arabs feel Israel should not exist except it accepts islam - this is enshrined in the quran. Israel has good intelligence network but it has not set up a Hezbollah, Hamas, al qaeda, boko haram, hakanni network, al shabab, a mujahideen or a terrorist outfit of any sort to destroy any country, people or place. So even if it pleased Israel to have weapons for defense purposes, Israel is not mad and about to shoot at anyone, just the way your people need their heads checked if they should be considered normal humans. If you get this into you blank skull, you will understand how Israel has not posed existential threat to anyone and why the world of sane people do not bother about Israel's technological advancement.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 07, 2013 2:57 PM
This raises more questions than answers. Javad Zarif said the earlier agreement reached, or rather the demand to stop enriching uranium in Iran was no longer valid, which is a clear indicator that Iran is truly buying time to arrive at its destination of nuclear warhead before the new agreement will take hold. What invalidated the earlier P5+1 demand? Has the group changed? Has a change in Iran become a change for the whole world? Never liked a weak president in USA, the result is always disastrous! Obama is weak outside and tough inside the country. Maybe the nuclear issue is a UN trouble, but Israel, a US ally, faces existential threat from a mad country Iran developing nuclear weapons capability and the US watches as if a boy is toying with an inflated balloon. No Mr. Obama, a weakened USA, we are talking about another holocaust in the making. Whether or not Mr. Rouhani accepts or denies it like his predecessor, the Iranian regime believes that Iran will inflict another holocaust that will wipe Israel out of the world map! Even though Obama doesn't like Israel, but USA should think of its devastating effect on the globe, the children in the region, the women and the innocents. These may mean nothing to Iran and the islamic world, but the civilized world should understand the enormity of this threat and side with Israel to stop it. Let Iran desist from nuclear program for any other aid - food or trade.

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