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Jul 9, 2015

Deadlines, red lines, bedtimes get no respect at Iran talks

VIENNA, July 8 (Reuters) – As any parent knows, setting
limits is important, especially at bedtime. In the Iran nuclear
negotiations, however, the normal rules of diet, discipline and
decorum do not always apply.

Diplomats describe the downsides of the talks, among them
sleepless nights, separation from spouses and the difficulty of
maintaining one’s diet, let alone waistline, amid the siren
temptations of Vienna’s veal schnitzel and Sachertorte.

Jul 8, 2015

Iran says makes new proposal in nuclear talks, West unimpressed

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has offered “constructive solutions” to resolve disputes in nuclear talks with six major powers, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Wednesday, but Western officials suggested they had heard nothing new from Tehran.

Iran and the powers are in the last stretch of talks to reach a final agreement to end a more than 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. The aim is to lift sanctions in exchange for at least a decade of curbs on the program.

Jul 7, 2015

Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

VIENNA, July 7 (Reuters) – Iran and major powers gave
themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on
the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers
said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours.

“We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of
days,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said outside
the hotel where the marathon talks between Iran, Britain, China,
France, Germany, Russia and the United States are taking place.

Jul 7, 2015

Six powers and Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline: EU

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday’s deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

“We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days. This does not mean we are extending our deadline,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said outside the hotel where the talks between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are taking place.

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.

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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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