Iran has announced that it will accept no preconditions in advance of its nuclear talks with the G5+1.
ISNA reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday: “Putting conditions before the meeting is like summing up before the negotiations, which is completely meaningless, and none of the parties will accept such preconditions.”
U.S. diplomats have been quoted as saying that the United States and its Western allies will call for the closure of the Fordo nuclear plant, Iran’s nuclear-enrichment facility.
The New York Times reported last week that Western powers will also call on Iran to stop its enrichment activities and transfer its stockpile of uranium that’s been enriched to the 20-percent level outside of Iran.
Salehi added: “We will try to ensure that meeting with the G5+1 becomes a win-win situation.”
The nuclear talks are scheduled to take place on April 14. After some conflicting reports on the venue, Iranian officials have announced that the first round will take place in Turkey and the next in Iraq.
Catherine Ashton, spokesperson for the G5+1, has also confirmed that the two sides will meet in Istanbul on April 14.