Iran nuclear talks `positive`, `realistic`, says Saeed Jalili

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 15:07

Zeenews Bureau

Almaty: Negotiations between Iran and six world powers at Kazakh city of Almaty concluded here on Wednesday with Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili terming the talks as a "positive" and more "realistic" than previous ones.

The talks between UK, US, France, Russia, China, Russia and Germany (the P5+1) and Iran began yesterday in Kazakhstan`s biggest city Almaty after June 2012 when they had ended without any breakthrough.

Jalili said that the talks were a "positive step" and the world leaders appeared more realistic than in earlier nuke negotiations, reported the BBC.

Technical experts for each side will meet in Istanbul in March to discuss the latest proposals after which another round of negotiations will be held in April in Almaty.

International powers suspect Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons` ambitions under the guise of a "peaceful" atomic energy programme. Iran denies the claim saying that its nuke policy is solely for civilian purposes.

Meanwhile, reports emerged today of Iran having an alternative way to develop nuclear bomb.

atellite images have revealed that Iran is developing a second way to a nuclear weapons capability by operating a plant that could produce plutonium.

According to the Telegraph, the images showed that Iran has activated the Arak heavy-water production plant.

Heavy water is needed to operate a nuclear reactor that can produce plutonium, which could then be used to make a bomb.

Inspectors from the IAEA were unable to visit the facility since August 2011 and Iran has refused repeated requests for information about the site, which is 150 miles south-west of Tehran.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 15:06

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