Talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions resumed in Moscow on Monday, June 18, with a significant gap looming between the two sides’ positions as new sanctions are set to come into effect to further isolate Tehran, The New York Times
reported. The six-power proposal, originally offered at earlier talks in Baghdad, would give Iran a package of benefits in return for specific Iranian actions to come into compliance over time. But three hours after the talks began, Iranian state television said that Tehran would not consider curtailing enrichment of uranium to 20 percent unless the major powers consider more substantial concessions, including the lifting of sanctions and recognition of Iran’s right to enrich uranium. Iran is in violation of Security Council resolutions demanding that it suspend enrichment and has failed to ease concerns that its nuclear program is aimed at building a bomb.