Talks between “six” and Iran in Almaty – recognition of Kazakhstan’s initiatives on non-proliferation of nuclear threat
Feb. 6. Trend. Astana
By D. Mukhtarov
The decision to hold talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Kazakhstan means recognition of Kazakhstan’s initiatives in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear threat, chairman of the Commission for Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction under the President of Kazakhstan and director of Nazarbayev Center Kanat Saudabayev believes.
“The fact that the participants of the new round of international talks on Iran’s nuclear program are going to hold a meeting in Kazakhstan is another proof of the recognition of our country’s initiatives in the field of non-proliferation and reduction of nuclear threat,” Saudabayev told Trend in Astana.
In Saudabayev’s opinion, the Kazakh side “sees the possibility of holding a new round of international talks on Iran’s nuclear program as a very important and positive event.”
“The example of Kazakhstan, which, thanks to its policy of nuclear disarmament, provided favorable conditions for socio-political and socio-economic development, is another argument in favor of holding the talks in our country,” Saudabayev said.
He expressed hope that “the talks will be a significant step in building trust and understanding between the parties and contribute to resolving the problem situation diplomatically, for reduction of tension in the region.”
Negotiations between Iran and the “six” on Tehran’s national nuclear program will be held in Almaty on February 26.
In 2012, representatives of the “six” and Iran held three rounds of talks – in Istanbul (April 14), Baghdad (May 23-24) and Moscow (June18-19). None of these meetings resulted in breakthroughs.
Earlier, the talks between the “six” and Iran were not conducted for over a year.
The U.S., a number of other Western countries and Israel suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear program. Tehran says its nuclear program is aimed solely at meeting the country’s electricity needs.