Iran makes nuclear proposal to end ‘unnecessary crisis’

Details of Iran’s proposal are remaining under wraps as the negotiations continue for a second session Tuesday afternoon between Iran and the P5+1 group: the five permanent United Nations Security Council members — the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China — and Germany.

The latest round of nuclear talks are the first since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected in June, spurring hopes of a possible compromise. Iran is looking to ease the pain of sanctions from the United States and Europe over its nuclear program.

The Obama administration cautioned against expecting a breakthrough overnight ahead of the talks, but has said it would be willing to move quickly on lifting sanctions if Tehran addresses U.S. concerns.

“No one should expect a breakthrough overnight,” a senior administration official told reporters Monday. “These issues are too complicated, and, as the president said, the history of mistrust is very deep. But we have to start somewhere. We hope we can start here.”

In Congress, which has pushed for tougher Iran sanctions, a group of 10 senators said they would consider “suspending” a new round of sanctions under consideration if Iran complies with U.N. resolutions.

Michael Mann, a spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said the presentation from Iran’s Foreign Minster Javad Zarif was “very useful.”

“For the first time, very detailed technical discussions continued this afternoon,” Mann said. “High Representative Ashton will now have a bilateral with Minister Zarif and we will continue our discussions tomorrow morning.”

Iran’s state TV said that Tehran offered to discuss uranium enrichment levels, one of the key areas for the West, according to the AP. State TV also said that Tehran proposed opening its nuclear facilities to wider inspection if the western countries recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium.