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Cablegate: Talking Points: U/S Burns to Attend P5+1

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 076649

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM IR
SUBJECT: TALKING POINTS: U/S BURNS TO ATTEND P5+1
MEETING
IN GENEVA

1. (SBU) Under Secretary of State for Political
Affairs
Bill Burns will join EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier
Solana
and P5+1 Political Directors in a meeting with Iranian
Nuclear Negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva on July 19.
This cable provides talking points Posts may use to
respond to inquiries from host governments and local
media.

2. (SBU) BEGIN TALKING POINTS:

- Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill
Burns will join EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana
and
P5+1 Political Directors in a meeting with Iranian
Nuclear
Negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva on July 19.
Ambassador
Burns will be in Geneva to receive Iran's response to
the
P5+1 offer delivered in Tehran last month.

- This will be a one-time U.S. participation to
demonstrate P5+1 unity behind our offer to Iran and to
reinforce the Secretary's signature on the P5+1 letter
to
the Iranians. We will be there to listen, not
negotiate.
He will not meet separately with Mr. Jalili.

- While in Geneva, Ambassador Burns will also reiterate
that our terms for negotiation remain the same - Iran
must fully and verifiably suspend its enrichment-
related
and reprocessing activities. Secretary Rice will meet
with the Iranians anytime, any place to discuss any
topic
should they take this single step.

- Iran should recognize the opportunity now before it
and
take advantage of the readiness of the international
community, as reflected in the updated package of
incentives recently provided by the P5+1, to help Iran
in
all areas outlined in the offer.

- The means by which Iran would be able to secure the
active support of the international community is the
offer
from the P5+1 that is now on the table. The United
States
is fully associated with that offer, as evidenced by
the
signature of Secretary of State Rice on the
accompanying
letter.

- The United States hopes Iran will recognize the
benefits
contained in the offer and enter into serious
negotiations
on its terms.

- The United States also hopes Iran recognizes the
risks
and costs inherent in ignoring the offer or in failing
to
treat it seriously.

- The increasing economic and political isolation Iran
is
now experiencing--the result of steadily eroding
international confidence in its true intentions with
respect to its nuclear program--will only increase.

- The United States hopes Iran understands the choices
before it. The only damage to Iran has come from the
decisions Iran's leaders themselves have made.

IF ASKED: What is "freeze for freeze" and how would it
be

STATE 00076649 002 OF 002


- Freeze for freeze is a creative idea that the P5+1
developed to attract Iran to the negotiating table. If
Iran agrees to stop all new nuclear activity, the P5+1
will also halt consideration of new UNSC measures
during a
time-limited period of six weeks in order to get Iran
to
the negotiating table. This is a short-term, interim
step
intended to get Iran to a suspension.

END TALKING POINTS.

3. (SBU) Posts requesting additional information
should
contact the Office of Iranian Affairs at 202-647-2520
or
NEA-IRAN-DL.

4. (U) Minimize considered.
RICE

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