Iran makes nuclear proposals at Geneva talks
With PowerPoint slides and lofty promises, Iran has presented to the world what it says is a plan to break a decade of deadlock over its nuclear program.
Bringing the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany or the so-called P5-plus-1 to the table the two-day meeting in Geneva has raised hope the two sides can reach a compromise.
"We have come here with a sense of cautious optimism and a great sense of determination, because we believe it is really time now for tangible results."
The details of the closed-door meeting were not disclosed, but the atmosphere was said to have been positive.
There was also a rare private meeting between Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Washington's chief negotiator Wendy Sherman.
"We are very serious, we are not here just symbolically, we are not here to waste our time, we are serious for real target-oriented negotiations between Iran and the other side, and we believe that the plan that we have introduced has the capacity to reach that."
The Geneva talks, the first since relative moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president in June, are widely seen as the best chance for years to defuse the stand-off.
Rouhani has promised to lead diplomatic efforts to get the economic sanctions eased, but P5-plus-1 officials have said Iran must prove its sincerity through concrete steps before that can happen.
In the past, the six powers have demanded Iran halt uranium enrichment to 20 percent, which is a threshold that could lead to nuclear weapons capability.
The talks will continue again on Wednesday.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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