May 23rd, 2012
08:19 AM ET

'Detailed proposal' emerging at Iran nuclear talks

World powers holding talks with Iran on its nuclear aspirations are proposing "confidence-building" and "reciprocal" steps allowing the country to prove its program is solely for peaceful use, a Western official told CNN.

The Wednesday meeting, in Baghdad, is a follow-up to last month's talks between Iran and six nations - the United States, France, Russia, China and Britain - the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - plus Germany.

Western powers fear that Iran may be trying to build nuclear weapons, despite its insistence that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. They have been using sanctions and diplomacy to stop Iran from producing nuclear arms.

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  1. saywhat

    That is how this issue should be worked out. Not by driving a sovereign nation and signatory to NPT into a corner by sanctions and constant threats.
    Western powers do not fear that Iran is building a nuclear weapon that is false reporting. Spy agencies and and defense officials in every western country including ours have confirmed that Iran has not even started thinking going that way. Even the country which is driving us nuts on this issue- Israel, is rife with voices that oppose its stance on Iran including their security apparatus and senior officials like the ex-premier.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. ©bobcat (in a hat)©

    A stranger was seated next to Little Tommy on the plane when the stranger turned to the boy and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights will go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger." Little Tommy, who had just opened his book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, "What would you like to discuss?" "Oh, I don't know," said the stranger. "How about nuclear power?" "OK," said Little Tommy. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat grass. The same stuff. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?" "Jeez," said the stranger. "I have no idea.""Well, then," said Little Tommy, "How is it that you feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know sh it?"

    May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Omg @ bobcat, that was freakin puurrrfect! Lmao!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |

    The new proposal:
    US – If you don't stop you're nuclear program, we will nuke you. If you do stop you're nuclear program, we won't not nuke you. How about it?

    Iran – Deal! Wait, wha...

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    May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cindy

    Iran can not be trusted. That is why we are at WAR!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • shahin2102

      you're not at war with Iran, dingus.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    As long as the IAEA keeps tabs on them,a probationary period of sorts,than everything will go as stated.Iran making fuel rods for nuclear power production only with no diviations on the enrichment process,also having international approval.Keep international watch teams experienced in fuel processing overlook all projects,no hiding anything or stricter sanctions will be levied against them immediately.Don't let them blink and make it tough with approved IAEA production standards.Storage of spent fuel rods is also in that country is always a major concern,maximize security to guard against fuel rod thieft,build secure storage facilities guarding 24/7,security is at top of list .Also employee screening for security purposes,just don't hire anyone in this plant,anything can happen and in that country probibly will if not secured with utmost care...Also double varification for everything from security to health physics,especially keeping plant "clean."What goes in as fuel,can't come out,stays permantley on site unless other shipping standards are met...I worked with NRC for over 25 years on 32 plants,coast to coast in pipe welding,fitting,valve tech and heavy rigging,so have nuclear background in all phases of maintenance and new construction proceedures...

    May 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tyler

    I say the UR, GB and Isreal invade iran and put there gov on 24/7/365 lockdown. Like what happend in germany during WWII but without the wall. hey it solves our gas, economic, and fear of a nuke problem

    May 24, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |