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P5+1 to discuss Iran nuclear program

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko has announced that the P5+1 group is to meet on July 2 to discuss Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West.

Deputy foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) — Russia, China, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany — are to discuss the current situation of Iran’s nuclear program in Brussels on July 2, Ria Novosti quoted the top Russian diplomat as saying on Thursday.

Responding to a question over the future prospect of resolving Iran’s nuclear program, Nesterenko stressed, “Let’s wait for the P5+1 group meeting on July 2 in Brussels.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called for the resumption of talks with Iran over its nuclear program, saying that sanctions will not work.

“We are interested in resuming the dialogue mechanism… with Iran for discussing its nuclear program and the issues that concern the Iranian party,” Lavrov said.

Russia “does not believe in sanctions” because they usually do not bring any desired result, he added.

Russia’s call for a new round of talks on Iran is paradoxical, since Moscow implicitly dismissed the Tehran nuclear declaration when it voted ‘yes’ to a US-proposed UN Security Council resolution against Iran on June 9.

The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed a declaration in Tehran on May 17, according to which the Islamic Republic would ship 1200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel rods to power the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

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