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Iran Nuclear Talks: Tehran Brings 'Comprehensive' Proposals In Baghdad Meeting

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IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS
Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, 2nd right, walks with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton upon her arrival at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Negotiators from the U.S. and five other world powers sat down Wednesday with a team of Iranian diplomats to try to hammer out specific goals in the year-long impasse over Tehran's nuclear program.(AP Photo/Mohammed Ameen, Pool) | AP


DUBAI, May 23 (Reuters) - Iran has proposed a "new and comprehensive" package of proposals to six world powers during talks on Wednesday in Baghdad over its disputed nuclear programme, Iranian media reported.

"In this session of negotiations, Iran presented to the P5+1 a package comprising five points that include a range of nuclear and non-nuclear issues," the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

"In the first session, the P5+1 presented its proposals to Iran, but apparently from the Iranian point of view this package is not balanced," the report said, without citing a source.

The P5+1 also presented what was described as a new package of proposals to Iranian negotiators in the first meeting.

An EU spokesman refused to elaborate on the contents but said it focused on addressing Western concerns about Iran's high-grade uranium enrichment activities.

Iran's state news agency said the proposals laid out by Iran were "comprehensive", unlike those of the P5+1, which it described as "nit-picking". Iranian negotiators expected world powers to respond to its proposals at the next session, it reported.

The United States and its allies suspect Tehran is trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability and have imposed tough sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors to try to force it to compromise and open up its activities to scrutiny.

Iran has long stated that its activities are purely peaceful however, and has said it wants Wednesday's meeting to address the issue of sanctions with a view to rolling some of them back.

European Union members states are set to introduce a total embargo of Iranian crude oil purchases in July. Diplomats say that potentially persuasive measure will not be cancelled unless Tehran takes substantial and demonstrative steps to curb its nuclear activities. (Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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