The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, also known as P5+1, will start a new round of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26, 2013, over Iran’s nuclear program, which has been the source of considerable tension between Iran and the West for several years. See “Kazakhstan will host Iran-P5+1 talks due to neutrality: MP.”
The Iranians, who are under extreme pressure from the United States and Europe to shut down their nuclear program, are expected to take part. On February 19, 2013, Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania, told Iran’s Press TV that things may be different from the last meeting held in Moscow in June 2012.
“We have to wait and see what approach the other side adopts in the upcoming talks,” he said. See “Talks in Kazakhstan could be different if P5+1 proves goodwill, Iranian official says.”
The U.S. delegation is led by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, in photo above, who left for Almaty on February 23, 2013.