Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Latest from Iran (11 November): Preparing for Renewed Nuclear Talks?

0750 GMT: Health Watch. Hossein Ali Shahriari, the chair of Parliament's Health Committee, has warned that costs for medical care, notably for cancer, are soaring. He offered the example, amid sanctions, that the price of medical equipment has increased 250%.

0730 GMT: On Saturday, we highlighted that US officials had used the Associated Press to put forward a possible resumption of nuclear talks with Tehran. They presented this as an American initiative --- rather than a response to Iran's presentation of a nine-step plan --- and refrained from any mention that US-Iran "back-channel" discussions have already taken place this autumn.

Press TV seizes on one line from that AP report: "Top negotiators from the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia have agreed to meet Nov. 21 in Brussels, a Western official said, in a prelude to a possible resumption of talks between those countries and Iran early next year."

The Iranian State outlet is enthusiastic, "Top Negotiators from P5+1 to Discuss Iran in Brussels".


from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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