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Jul 5, 2015

Kerry urges Iran to make “hard choices”, says US ready to walk

VIENNA, July 5 (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear agreement is
possible this week if Iran makes the “hard choices” necessary,
but if not, the United States remains ready to walk away from
the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on
Sunday.

Speaking after his third meeting of the day with Iranian
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry said they had made
“genuine progress” in talks over the last few days but “several
of the most difficult issues” remain.

Jul 5, 2015

Kerry, Zarif meet as Tuesday’s Iran nuclear deadline approaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats met for a sixth consecutive day on Sunday to try to resolve obstacles to a nuclear accord, including when Iran would get sanctions relief and what advanced research and development it may pursue.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are trying to meet a Tuesday deadline for a final deal under which Iran would curb its atomic work for more than a decade in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jul 2, 2015

Ministers convene at Iran talks but breakthrough not yet seen

VIENNA (Reuters) – Nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers had yet to reach a breakthrough as they continued in overtime on Thursday, and Western officials said the latest “red lines” by Iran’s supreme leader had made it hard to settle disputes on key issues.

Iran is in talks with the United States and five other big powers – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – on an agreement under which Tehran would curtail its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Jul 2, 2015

Iran talks are not near breakthrough yet, Britain’s Hammond

VIENNA (Reuters) – Nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers are not near a breakthrough yet and foreign ministers will come and go to try to maintain momentum toward a deal, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

Iran is in talks with the United States and five other big powers, Britain, China, France, Germany and the United States, on an agreement under which Tehran would curtail its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Jul 1, 2015

Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programs in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran’s known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret.

Closing loopholes in the current nonproliferation system is a key aim for the United States and its five big power partners as they negotiate an agreement with Iran to constrain its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. says absurd to suggest that it will cave in Iran talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating with Iran have been making too many compromises in nuclear talks with Iran, saying it hoped to get a good agreement but was not certain that was achievable.

The official had been asked to respond to public criticism of the U.S. delegation in the talks and suggestions that the administration of President Barack Obama has been making too many concessions out of desperation to do a deal.

Jun 28, 2015

Western officials suggest Iran tries to wiggle out of nuclear pledges

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline.

Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12-year nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the door to suspending sanctions that have crippled Tehran’s economy. It could also help ease the diplomatic isolation for an Iran that has become increasingly assertive across the region.

Jun 27, 2015

Disputes linger as Iran, powers push for nuclear deal – France

VIENNA (Reuters) – An accord to curb Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive due to disagreements on fundamental issues, France’s foreign minister said on Saturday in Vienna, just days before the June 30 deadline for a deal.

Laurent Fabius spoke to reporters upon arrival in the Austrian capital after top U.S. and Iranian diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.

Jun 27, 2015

Kerry, Zarif see hard work ahead as nuclear talks begin

VIENNA (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Iranian officials said much hard work still needs to be done to bridge significant differences on an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

With a deadline approaching on Tuesday, each side sought to place the onus on the other to finalise a deal under which Iran would cut back its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Jun 26, 2015

Kerry, Zarif to discuss Iran nuclear deal as deadline approaches: U.S. official

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers will meet on Saturday, a senior U.S. official said, as major differences persist over an agreement under which Iran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will sit down in the Austrian capital ahead of Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline, which many officials expect to slip.

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      "I cover U.S. foreign policy for Reuters from a base at the State Department. I joined Reuters in 1988 and have worked as a correspondent in New York, Paris, Algiers and Washington, where I have covered the White House (1996-2002) and the State Department (2002-2005, 2006-present)."
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