VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano and top aides will travel to Tehran on Sunday for talks with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, a few days before the Islamic state and world powers meet in Baghdad to discuss the broader nuclear dispute.
News of the rare visit came as Western diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran were making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about the Islamic Republic’s atomic activity.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog are making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about its atomic activity, diplomats say, a potential bargaining chip for Tehran in next week’s negotiations with world powers.
Iran says such an agreement is needed before it can consider a request by U.N. inspectors to visit the Parchin military site where they believe explosives tests relevant for developing nuclear weapons may have been carried out.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is installing more centrifuges in an underground plant but does not yet appear to be using them to expand higher-grade uranium enrichment that could take it closer to producing atom bomb material, Western diplomats say.
They say Iran’s production of uranium refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, which it started two years ago, seems to have remained steady in recent months after a major escalation of the work in late 2011 and early this year.
By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.Global investors have been sucking money out of risk assets. Credible reassurance that Greece will stay in the euro would see risky bets poured back on. But for now Greece looks headed for the exit door and markets’ trajectory is downwards. The global sell-off in stocks, commodities and many currencies is likely to get worse as the dollar advances.
It might seem Greece is not a big enough to warrant global concern. But a Greek default would impose losses on the rest of Europe . And Greece will be seen as the first domino. Spanish and Italian bonds will be among those selling off, exacerbating financing pressures in southern Europe’s two big economies. A huge European effort would be required to calm fears that they and Portugal will not ultimately go the way of Greece.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran may be narrowing their differences on how to tackle concerns over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, suggesting a previously unexpected agreement was now not ruled out.
They spoke a day after the U.N. agency said there was a “good exchange of views” with Iran in a May 14-15 meeting which tested the Islamic state’s readiness to address questions about suspected nuclear weapons-relevant research.
By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
British holiday-makers will welcome it. The pound is rising as the euro weakens. Sterling will rise further in the coming months if Greece exits the euro zone and exacerbates the single currency’s crisis. But the pound’s rise promises UK pain-and serious problems for policymakers.
LONDON/VIENNA (Reuters) – Facing an imminent toughening of sanctions, Iran is hinting at a readiness to give some ground in its long nuclear stand-off with world powers, but any flexibility could split their ranks and lead to protracted uncertainty about how to respond.
The stakes are high, for the longer the impasse goes on, the closer Iran will get to the technological threshold of capability to develop atomic bombs, raising the odds of last-ditch Israeli military strikes on its arch-foe and the risk of a new Middle East war a troubled global economy cannot afford.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog ended two days of talks on Tuesday by agreeing to meet again next week, just two days before Tehran resumes negotiations with world powers concerned it may be seeking to develop atomic bomb capability.
While both sides were upbeat about the discussions, which will continue on Monday, there was no word on whether the U.N. agency had made progress towards one of its main aims – to secure access to a suspect military site near Tehran.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and Iran will meet again next week after a “good exchange of views” during two days of talks on the Islamic state’s atomic programme, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.
The head of the Iranian delegation said progress was made in the meeting in Vienna which dealt with the U.N. agency’s mounting concerns that Tehran may be seeking to develop the capability to develop nuclear weapons.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran gave an upbeat assessment on Tuesday of talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about its atomic activity but diplomats voiced doubt inspectors would gain access to a military site where they believe tests of use in making atomic bombs were carried out.
The discussions tested Iran’s readiness to address U.N. inspectors’ concerns over suspected military dimensions to its nuclear work ahead of diplomatic negotiations on the programme’s future in Baghdad next week between Tehran and six world powers.