Iran's Proposal for "Constructive Negotiations"

| Tue May 20, 2008 3:00 PM EDT

Last week, Iran delivered a letter to UN officials accompanied by an offer for "constructive negotiations." According to nonproliferation expert Jacqueline Shire of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) who obtained the letter today, Iranian diplomats delivered the letter and offer to the UN director general and the UK Permanent Representative, and requested that it be shared with other UN Security Council permanent members and Germany. ISIS writes:

ISIS has obtained a copy of Iran's May 13 letter to the UN Secretary General and accompanying document titled "The Islamic Republic of Iran's Proposed Package for Constructive Negotiations."
The unofficial translation of the document, included below, numbers just over two pages and offers "wide-ranging and comprehensive negotiations" over three issue areas: political and security, economic and nuclear.

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The nuclear section does not include an offer to suspend enrichment, but does highlight the possibility of "improved supervision by the IAEA" and the establishment of "enrichment and nuclear fuel production consortiums in different parts of the world, including Iran."

European Union foreign policy advisor Javier Solana is expected to travel to Tehran shortly to provide Iran with a set of enhanced incentives for suspending its uranium enrichment program. The EU's earlier offer, from June 2006, is contained in an appendix to UN Security Council Resolution 1747 (2007) and can be found here.

ISIS understands that Iran does not intend this document to constitute a rejection or pre-emption of the forthcoming proposal carried by Solana, but as the basis for continuing negotiations.

You can read the letter and proposed offer here (.pdf).