Experts on Iranian nuclear program express readiness to resume full-fledged talks

Experts from the Sextet (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) and Iran who met in Istanbul on Wednesday have demonstrated a wish to resume full-fledged negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing a participant in the consultations.

"The report states that the U.S. and other world powers on Wednesday reached an agreement with Iran that full-fledged negotiations, whose purpose is to obtain confirmation that uranium enrichment by Iran will not develop into a military program, should be resumed.

The source said that the participants "had reached an agreement to implement the "Moscow plan," a process that would start with a meeting between Helga Schmid, a senior European Union official, and her Iranian Supreme National Security Council Deputy Secretary Ali Bagheri, and will be followed by a meeting between Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who will decide whether there is a need to call a full-scale meeting.

According to the Washington Post, the Iranian delegation left the meeting room around 1:00 a.m. without saying anything. "But one member, as he departed, told a reporter, "We are smiling, and that says it all,"" the paper reported.

The meeting of the Sextet experts and the Iranian delegation on the Iranian nuclear program opened on Tuesday.

The Russian delegation in Istanbul is headed by Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's department on security and disarmament.

An agreement to hold the meeting was reached at the meeting between international mediators and the Iranian delegation in Moscow on June 18-19. The meeting participants then came to the conclusion that the next full-fledged round should be well-prepared and a series of preliminary meetings need to be held to achieve this purpose.

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