Oct 15, 2013, 2:52 PM
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Zarif offers Iran’s new proposal to 5+1

Geneva, Oct 15, IRNA – Iran’s Foreign Minister and top nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Iran’s new proposal to the 5+1 here on Tuesday.

The foreign minister offered Iran’s new proposal titled “closing an unnecessary crisis and opening new horizons” in power point format to the representatives of the 5+1 states namely the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany as well as the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

According to official announcements, the plan includes an introduction which sets the first and the last steps to be taken by negotiation parties. It also outlines the targets of the talks.

The Iranian delegation believes that determining the first step is very important since it practically examines the political will of the opposite party.

It also holds the last step as important because it sets the prospect of the talks and also determines what both parties are to achieve at the end.

The Iranian foreign minister has already made it clear that Iran’s proposal focuses on the element of “time”.

He said that President Hassan Rouhani has set a timeline for resolution of the dispute with the western governments over the nuclear program.

He said that of course, turning the nuclear issue into an ordinary one depends on the good will to be proved by the two parties.

Zarif said that confidence-building measures must take place by the two sides so that the western governments must take objective action to prove good faith by lifting sanctions and Iran will take objective action to remove concerns about nuclear program and that the two parties must act in a tangible way so that one party cannot accuse the other of procrastination.

He said that the two parties must focus on the main issues and avoid raising peripheral ones which account for time killing.

“That’s why Iranian government has set a timeline for resolution of the dispute,” he said.