The British American Security Information Council has issued a cautious but relatively positive overview of the recent talks concerning Iran’s nuclear programme held in Istanbul in April. Amid the growing signs of a disconnect between Israel’s prime minister and other top Israeli officials on the issue of a pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, further talks are planned with p5 +1 in late May. According to the report, on April 26, state news agency IRNA reported that Iran might ratify the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in tandem with a deal struck under a Russian proposal. This would allow for wider inspections of nuclear-related facilities. Understandably though there is still considerable sceptisism, as voiced by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, over whether sufficient progress can be achieved tp prevent an escalation of the long standing tensions between Iran and the international community over the purpose of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
For the full report follow this link: http://www.basicint.org/updates/2012/iran-update-number-158