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Jul 14, 2015

Draft deal calls for UN access to all Iran sites -source

VIENNA, July 14 (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between
Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have
access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based
on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic
source said on Tuesday.

The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N.
Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this
month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including
Iranian limitations on its nuclear programme and relief from
sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of
2016.

Jul 13, 2015

Iran, powers nearing nuclear deal, no agreement seen before Monday

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic programme, but the Iranian foreign minister said no agreement would be announced on Sunday.

After more than two weeks of negotiations in Vienna, Iranian and Western officials said the earliest an agreement could be ready was Monday, the self-imposed deadline for clinching a deal, though that could be extended again.

Jul 12, 2015

Iran, big powers close to historic deal but sticky issues remain

VIENNA (Reuters) – After more than two weeks of marathon negotiations, Iran and six world powers appeared close to a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic program, diplomats said on Sunday.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that some difficult issues remained on the 16th day of ministerial negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Jul 10, 2015

Iran, powers give themselves to Monday for nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the West of throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.

Both sides say there has been progress in two weeks of talks, but British Secretary Philip Hammond called it “painfully slow” and he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, left Vienna saying they would return on Saturday.

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.

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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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