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article imageNuclear talks await Iranian President at UN

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By Layne Weiss     Sep 8, 2012 in World
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to speak in front of the United Nations Security Council later this month. The major issues expected to be discussed are Iran's nuclear program, Israel, sanctions, and resuming negotiations with world powers.
According to The Associated Press, Iran is willing to discuss the nuclear issue, and is ready to resume negotiations, which fell apart earlier this year.
Ahmadinejad's visit to the UN later this month will likely shed light on whether or not diplomacy is still possible.
Members of the UN Security Council will listen closely to his speech and interviews to see if Iran is serious about its willingness to negotiate on issues such as their nuclear program, The Associated Press reports.
On Friday the EU announced it was preparing new sanctions against Iran, which may kill, or at least hinder, any chance at diplomacy.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the new measures would target "financial, commercial, and oil aspects." Details will be worked out in time for Ahmadinejad's visit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says sanctions are pointless, and Russia does not support them, RT reports. This includes sanctions against both Iran and Syria.
"Unilateral sanctions against Syria and Iran are increasingly becoming extra-territorial in nature and are touching upon the interests of Russian business," Lavrov said Saturday.
In spite of the sanctions, Iran is still hopeful for renewed dialogue, The Associated Press reports.
"Iran will not distance itself from talks," Ismail Kowsari, a member of Iran's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy said.
One thing that all sides seem to have in common is that they do not want Israel to take military action against Iran. Last week, US General Martin Dempsey reiterated the US' position that an Israeli attack on Iran is not worth it, and that Washington is officially opposed to unilateral military action by Israel, The Guardian reports.
Dempsey warned that an attack by Israel may delay whatever Iran is planning with its nuclear program, but it will not stop them forever.
There is still much concern that Iran plans to use its nuclear program to build weapons, The AP reports, but Iran has maintained its plans are to make nuclear fuel for energy and medical reactors.
This past June, during talks in Moscow, the West offered to waive certain sanctions if Iran was willing to make certain concessions regarding its nuclear program.
The set of proposals set forth asked Iran to take uranium enrichment down to 20% and to close its underground facility in Tehran.
Saeed Jalili, Iran's lead negotiator said that its enrichment of uranium is "non-negotiable," and shouldn't even be an issue since Iran has only peaceful goals and intentions for its nuclear program, The New York Times reports.
Despite previous setbacks, President Ahmadinejad will arrive in New York this month to try once again to work out a peaceful resolution.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that "a diplomatic process" is the best option in the quest to reach a "completely verifiable" agreement with Iran to ensure it does not use its nuclear program to build weapons, The AP reports. But the window for such dialogue will "not remain open indefinitely," Carney added.
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