Jalili Returns Home from Geneva

July 21, 2008

Top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said early Monday morning that his talks in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Group 5+1 was constructive and progressing.


He made the remarks at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport upon arrival from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had a stop over on his way back home from Switzerland.

On Saturday, Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, attended a meeting with the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana who represented the Group 5+1, about Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.

The US Undersecretary of State William Burns was also present in the meeting.

"No word was mentioned about suspension. What happened in Geneva was some discussions about the two sides approaches to the nuclear talks and their timing," Jalili told reporters who asked him if the issue of suspending Iran's nuclear activities was raised during the talks.

Commenting on a reportedly two-week deadline for Iran, Jalili said, "Based on a primitive agreement, they presented an offer for the resumption of nuclear talks and we had also an initiative to this end. The two sides are expected to consider the issue for two weeks and comment about it."
Jalili added that "good discussions" were held about how to proceed with the nuclear talks.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said prior to the Geneva talks that Iran offered to draw up a modality plan to resolve the dispute about Iranian nuclear program.

Jalili told the meeting in Geneva that Iran prefers the "six plus one" action plan rather than the "seven minus one".