GENEVA – Declaring that Iran no longer wants to walk in the dark of international isolation, Iranian negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough plan Tuesday at the long-stalled talks on easing fears that Tehran wants atomic arms.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the Iranian plans formal name was An End to the Unnecessary Crisis and a Beginning for Fresh Horizons.
He described it as having many new ideas but added that negotiators had agreed to keep the details confidential during the morning bargaining session.
We think that the proposal we have made has the capacity to make a breakthrough, he told reporters.
Alluding to the international pressure over Irans nuclear program that has driven the country into near-pariah status, he said: We no longer want to walk in the dark and uncertainty and have doubts about the future.
Irans version of a grand bargain is for painful international sanctions to be lifted in exchange for possible concessions it had been previously unwilling to consider, such as increased monitoring and scaling back on uranium enrichment – a potential path to nuclear arms and the centerpiece of the impasse with the West.
A member of one of the delegations meeting with Iran told the Associated Press that the plan offered reductions in both the levels of uranium enrichment being conducted by Iran and the number of centrifuges doing the enrichment – both key demands from the six nations with Iran at the negotiating table.
European Union official Michael Mann said Irans PowerPoint presentation, presented by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, lasted about one hour.
Tehran is now under international sanctions that are biting deeply into its troubled economy. Since the election of reformist Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in June, Iranian officials have said they are ready to compromise.
The U.S, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are eager to test whether those words will translate into real progress.
We have seen some positive mood music coming out of Tehran, Mann said. But of course the most important thing is that they actually follow it up with concrete proposals that address our concerns.