United Nations: The United States and five
other world powers are seeking an "early negotiated solution"
to the nuclear standoff with Iran, according to a copy of a
The draft was due to be finalised when US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton meets her counterparts from Russia,
China, Britain, France and Germany at around 11:00 am (1500
GMT) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Iran has signalled a new willingness to engage the
international community over its nuclear program, but has so
far failed to meet the terms for talks and its defiance
triggered a fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions in
But the draft statement, if adopted, amounted to a fresh
"We reaffirmed our determination and commitment to seek
an early negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and
focused our discussion on further practical steps to achieve
it at an early date," the draft said.
The draft said the six powers are "ready to engage with
Iran" in the context of implementing a nuclear fuel swap deal
that was agreed in Geneva in October last year, adding they
looked forward to an "early meeting" with Iran.
Under the deal, Iran would ship most of its low-grade
uranium to France and Russia so that it could be enriched to
higher levels and returned to Iran to fuel a medical research
reactor in Tehran.