5+1 group welcomes Iran’s
diplomatic package: Jalili
Tehran Times Political Desk
June 23, 2008
TEHRAN - Top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Sunday that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana believes the outline of Iran’s latest package of proposals is acceptable.
The Islamic Republic last month presented a diplomatic package that attempted to provide solutions to international problems, including nuclear proliferation.
“In his latest trip to Tehran, Solana said he agrees with the outline of Iran’s package,” Jalili told MPs in parliament.
Jalili said the ground is fertile for “cooperation between Iran and some Western powers” in addressing common concerns.
“We have not made any demands in this package. We have just announced that we are prepared for talks on various issues.”
“The Western powers have welcomed Iran’s offer for talks and cooperation, and over the past couple of days some of these powers telephoned me and said Iran’s package contains positive points.”
Tehran is also studying the major powers’ updated offer of incentives meant to end the West’s prolonged nuclear standoff with Iran, which Solana presented to the country’s officials last week, said Jalili, who is also the Supreme National Security Council secretary.
The five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council and Germany (the 5+1 group) came up with the new offer of nuclear and trade cooperation as a follow-up to their proposal of 2006.
Jalili said the proposed deal does not require that Iran halt uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks with the sextet, rejecting earlier reports that the new incentives are in exchange for a freeze in enrichment activities.
“The package has presented a timetable for starting talks… and also has made some proposals about how to hold negotiations,” Jalili told reporters after the meeting.
“We will study their proposals and will state our point of view,” he added.
Majlis lawmakers have also expressed support for Iranian officials’ stance in the nuclear negotiations, Jalili noted.