Major powers plan to meet on Iran in April

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany plan to meet in April to discuss whether to sweeten incentives they have offered Iran to curb its nuclear program, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Major powers plan to meet on Iran in April
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany plan to meet in April to discuss whether to sweeten incentives they have offered Iran to curb its nuclear program, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials said the talks among senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany would likely be held in mid-April in China, possibly in Shanghai, although the date and venue had yet to be fixed.

The Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions on Iran for not suspending its uranium enrichment program.

U.S. acting Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Dan Fried, the third-ranking U.S. diplomat, plans to represent the United States at the meeting, the State Department said, declining to specify the venue or precise date.

A senior U.S. official made clear the Bush administration's skepticism about improving on the offer but said it would hear out the others in P5+1 who wished to do so.

A Western diplomat from one of the six countries said the main focus of the meeting later this month would be how they could make the package of incentives offered to Iran in June 2006 appear more attractive.

But the diplomat said Tehran's possible upcoming announcement of its latest nuclear achievements could affect the discussion at the meeting of the six powers.

Iran marks its National Day of Nuclear Technology on Tuesday, an occasion Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used last year to proclaim industrial uranium enrichment capacity.

"We'll have to wait and see what the Iranians announce," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. "That could change things."


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