3rd Round of Nuclear Talks Open in Moscow

March 1, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani and his entourage in a meeting with the Russian delegation headed by the Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov Wednesday afternoon started their third round of nuclear talks.

Photojournalists were merely given the chance to take photos and films for several minutes, after which the talks continued behind the closed doors.

At the meeting, which is held at Moscow's Zolotoy Kolos Hotel, Larijani referred to the significance of Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation and hoped that such collaboration will contribute to resolving the current issues.

For his part, Ivanov said that despite the present complicated situation and the pressures exerted upon Iran for reporting its dossier to the UN Security Council (UNSC), Russia attempts to settle the matter through diplomacy and within the IAEA framework.

At the ongoing meeting, Iran's nuclear program and Moscow's proposal on a joint venture for enrichment in the Russian territory will be on the agenda.

The outcome of Moscow talks will determine the agreement of the two sides on the Russian proposed scheme.

During the second round of talks, Iran and Russia reached an agreement in principle on Russia's proposal.

Larijani heading a delegation including SNSC Deputy Secretary for Strategic Affairs Ali Hosseini-Tash and a number of experts from Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to hold another round of nuclear talks with Russian officials.

The first and second rounds of talks between the two countries were held in Moscow and Tehran in January and February, respectively.

During the second round of talks, the two sides reached an agreement in principle on Russia's proposal.