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Iran to decrease uranium enrichment to 20%- Lavrov
June 18, 2013, 10:24 am

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This is the first time that the talks on Iran’s alleged nuclear programme have seen some signs of positive development [Getty Images]

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Iran has confirmed it is ready to decrease its uranium enrichment down to 20 per cent even at this stage, but requires responsive steps from the 5+1.

“Not going into details, Iranians confirm the most important – they are prepared to decrease its uranium enrichment down to 20 per cent even at this stage. This could be a breakthrough and will significantly ease the tensions and the existing problems,” Lavrov said in an interview to a Russian news channel.

He also asserted that this move stipulates responsive steps on behalf of the 5+1.

This is the first time that the talks on Iran’s alleged nuclear programme have seen some signs of positive development.

“For the first time in many years, there are encouraging signs in the process of settlement of the situation with the Iranian nuclear programme,” Lavrov said.

The gradual and mutual principles proposed by the six-party member countries have played a pivotal part in Iran’s decision, “which open to Iran the prospect of reducing and ultimately lifting of the sanctions imposed – in exchange for fair and consistently deepening cooperation with the international community,” Lavrov said.

A meeting was held recently in Tehran between International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) representatives and Iran.

The sides have actively discussed the access of IAEA observers to Iranian nuclear plants, as well as documents and scientists suspected to be involved in the country’s military programme.

In his first press conference in Tehran, Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rouhani said that he would strive to bring moderation back to the forefront of Iranian politics.

“The first step will be showing greater transparency,” he said regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. “We are ready to show greater transparency and make clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s actions are totally within international frameworks.”

Daria Chernyshova

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