five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United
States, Britain, China, France and Russia) and Germany say they are
committed to direct talks with Iran to resolve a long-running nuclear standoff.
The so-called P5+1 nations made their comments Tuesday in a joint statement to
the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors in Vienna.
The statement by the six nations, including the United States, is in contrast
to the strategy of the previous U.S. administration of President George W.
Bush, which preferred isolating rather than talking to U.S. foes. U.S.
President Barack Obama has said his administration is willing to engage with
Iran in talks.
The IAEA says Iran has 1,010 kilograms of low-grade enriched uranium, which can
be used for nuclear energy. A more complicated process is needed to further
enrich uranium into weapons-grade material, and it remains unclear if Iran is
capable of doing that.
Iran says its nuclear work is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.