Sunday, January 23, 2011


The new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program has begun in Istanbul between Iran and five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany (5+1) on Friday.

EU High representative Catherine Ashton is chairing 5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany) delegation while Iranian delegation is headed by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili during two-day talks.

The talks in Istanbul's Ciragan Palace are closed to press and will continue for two days.
396 press members are following the talks.

In August 2005, Iran resumed its nuclear activities in Esfahan, and stopped implementing the additional protocol of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2006.

When Iran announced it made its first uranium enrichment (3.5 percent), the United Nations put economic sanctions on the country.

International reactions rose when Iran began uranium enrichment in a ratio of 20 percent in Natanz in February, 2010.

Turkey, Brazil and Iran signed Tehran Agreement in May, 2010. Under the deal, Iran agreed to transfer 1,200 kg of low-enriched uranium to Turkey within a month and in return receive, within a year, 120 kg of 20 percent-enriched uranium to use energy and medical areas. However, the agreement was not welcomed, and UN decided in June to extend sanctions on Iran.

Iran and 5+1 group resumed talks, which were interrupted for 14 months, in December in Geneva.