Prospect of Istanbul nuclear talks less promising

13:16, January 20, 2011      

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by Du Yuanjiang, He Guanghai

After eight years of struggle over Iran's nuclear program, the prospect of the upcoming nuclear meeting between Iran and the G5+1 countries in Istanbul on Friday and Saturday seems to be less promising.

Both sides are taking steps into the talks with no road map having been developed for the advancement of the talks, instead absolute rhetoric from both sides persisting their earlier stances overshadows the outcome of the meeting.

Local observers here believe the new round of talks in Istanbul would hardly bear any fruits since it is next to impossible that Iran would withdraw from its claims to its nuclear rights.

"There is absolutely no possibility that Iran will give up its peaceful nuclear program" including "the production of nuclear fuel for its civilian reactors," said Dr. Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a research fellow at the Institute of North American and European Studies of Tehran University.

Explaining his views to Xinhua on Sunday only a few days ahead of the Istanbul meeting, Marandi warned that the U.S. persistence on the confrontation policy with Iran in the talks in order to force Iran to withdraw from its nuclear rights "will lead to an increasingly dangerous situation in which the U.S. will not win."

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