Top Powers Maintain Tough Stance on Iran

The six powers holding nuclear talks with Iran have no intention of softening their position presented in Baghdad last month, even if this approach scuppers the negotiations, a senior Israeli official said.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - arrived in Moscow on Sunday for the third round of talks. The negotiations will begin at 11 A.M. Monday and continue until Tuesday night.

After the current round, representatives of the powers are expected to fly to Israel and update its leaders.

According to the senior official, Israel was told in recent days that the powers will demand an answer to their Baghdad offer. This includes a demand that Iran stop enriching uranium to 20 percent, the removal from Iran of uranium enriched beyond 20 percent, and the suspension of operations at the underground facility at Fordo, near Qom.

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