World powers who agreed to resume nuclear talks with Tehran are set Thursday to issue a joint statement outlining concerns about Iran's enrichment of uranium at underground facilities, a diplomat told CNN.
The proposed talks come after Iran signaled a willingness to let U.N. inspectors visit a military base that some suspect is involved in the development of nuclear weapons, a move that could possibly ratchet down rising tensions between Iran, Israel and the West.
Israel, the United States and other countries have long said they suspect Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons, and international inspectors have voiced concern about the possibility. Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
In the statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - as well as Germany are expected to call for inspectors to return to Tehran, according to the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.FULL STORY