TEHRAN – Agence France-Ppresse
ranian top nuclear negotiator Saad jalili speaks during a press conference in Tehran. AFP photo.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Tuesday the Islamic republic is ready for fresh talks with world powers over its atomic programme and that is has updated its package of proposals. "The Islamic republic's package of proposals is updated and ready and will be presented to world powers," Saad Jalili, who also heads the country's Supreme National Security Council, told reporters.
"We hope a new round of talks will be held for reaching a world full of progress and justice ... inshallah (God willing)." He said Iran was ready with a "revised" package which was updated taking into consideration last year's global developments, which included the economic recession and the Georgian crisis.
Jalili said the package will be directed at the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany. The six world powers are to meet near Frankfurt on Wednesday to look into harsher U.N. sanctions against Iran.
International pressure is mounting for a new round of tougher sanctions against Iran if it refuses to return to talks over its nuclear programme amid long-held suspicions it is working to develop atomic weapons.
Russia: Diplomacy only solution on Iran
Tensions surrounding Iran's nuclear programme will be resolved only through diplomatic engagement, not isolation, of Tehran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. "We see no alternative to a political-diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear problem," Lavrov said in an address to students at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on the eve of key Iran talks in Germany.
"The best means to apply outside pressure on Iran's decision-making process lie not in isolating Tehran or threats of resorting to force, but in involving it in an important international cooperation," he added.
"This is the only way to ensure stability and security in the region." Russia will attend a meeting Wednesday near Frankfurt of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. International pressure is mounting for a new round of tougher sanctions against Iran if it refuses to return to talks over its nuclear programme amid long-held suspicions it is working to develop atomic weapons.