VIENNA/ST GALLEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council put pressure on Iran on Thursday to allay international concern about its nuclear program, and said they expected talks with Tehran to lead to concrete steps toward a negotiated solution.
Iran and major powers resumed talks in mid-April in Istanbul after more than a year – a chance to ease tension and help to avert the threat of a new Middle East war. They are to meet again on May 23 in Baghdad.
VIENNA, May 2 (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday it was
seeking an end to Western sanctions over its arms programme
during talks with world powers and criticised France for helping
Israel, the only country in the Middle East widely believed to
have atomic weapons.
An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
said the talks in Baghdad on May 23 should lead to the lifting
of sanctions, according to Iranian media.
VIENNA, May 2 (Reuters) – Iran is optimistic about progress
in talks with world powers over its nuclear programme but it
will never give up its right to the peaceful use of atomic
energy, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday.
Tehran reopened negotiations with six world powers over its
uranium enrichment programme last month and they have agreed to
meet again in Baghdad on May 23.
VIENNA (Reuters) – China called on the United States and Russia on Monday to make further “drastic” cuts in their nuclear arsenals and said all states with atomic arms should undertake not to be the first to use them.
The development of missile defense systems which “disrupt” the global strategic balance should be abandoned, a senior Chinese diplomat also told a nuclear meeting in Vienna in a possible reference to U.S. plans that have angered Russia.
VIENNA (Reuters) – An Iranian envoy voiced hope on Monday that talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog in mid-May would help resolve “outstanding issues”, but he again ruled out any halt to Tehran’s controversial uranium enrichment program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday it would resume discussions with Iran on May 14-15 – more than two months after the last meeting over concerns about Tehran’s atomic activities ended in failure.
VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea, believed to be preparing for a third nuclear test, would probably be able to make and explode a uranium device for the first time after earlier relying on plutonium, a former chief U.N. inspector said.
If it were to do so, that would show North Korea had developed the technology to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU), putting it in a position to build up larger stocks of weapons-grade material.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and major nations have a “historic opportunity” to settle their decade-old nuclear dispute, but requiring the Islamic state to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment would be discriminatory, Tehran’s former chief nuclear negotiator said.
Hossein Mousavian, now a visiting scholar at Princeton University in the United States, voiced optimism before next month’s talks between Iran and the six major powers following a first meeting in Istanbul earlier this month.
By Ian Campbell
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VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran says it is ready to resume talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog two months after their last meeting ended in failure, but still appears to be stonewalling a request for access to a key military site, Western diplomats said on Thursday.
Just days after Iran and six world powers restarted negotiations in Istanbul, the Islamic Republic delivered a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on holding new discussions with the U.N. body as well.
ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) – Renewed diplomacy on Iran’s
nuclear programme will muffle what Barack Obama last month
called the “drums of war”, but the beat will soon get louder if
warm words do not lead swiftly to action that can defuse the
For over a year until this weekend in Istanbul, negotiations
had been frozen; aides to the U.S. president have warned of a
“closing window” for talking before Washington, or its Israeli
ally, might start shooting; and Tehran, squeezed by Western
sanctions, threatened to blockade Gulf tankers – all of which
had driven up oil prices for an already labouring world economy.