Expert: Iran, U.S. have common interests to drag talks out

Posted on June 2, 2012

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It is evident that the negotiating positions that were adopted at the six-party talks in Istanbul and Baghdad stem from the common interest of Iran and the United States to drag talks out with the U.S. presidential election looming in November, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.

“What Iran needs is a softening of sanctions,” Dorsey added.

The expert was commenting on the recent nuclear talks between Iran and Six powers that were hosted in Baghdad.

On May 23 Iran and the “5+1” group held talks in Baghdad, regarding Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Before Baghdad, the talks between Iran and the six members of the P5+1 group were held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive.

The outcome of the talks in Baghdad was that another round of talks was agreed upon to take place in Moscow on June 18 and 19.

Speaking about Iran recently rejecting claims that the country has been clearing all traces of work aimed at developing a neutron trigger for a nuclear weapon at Parchin military site.

Dorsey said that if Iran was conducting some activity there, it will not be able to clean it all up.

“It is highly unlikely that Iran would be able to remove all traces. But that is really not what it is all about,” he said. “Its about getting to the point that such inspections will take place.”

He added that talking makes it difficult for Israel to strike militarily, something both the US and Iran would like to pre-empt.

“If it comes to inspections, and traces of enriched uranium are found, that would simply reinforce U.S. and Western suspicion of Iranian intentions, however it would not change anything on the ground.”

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