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May 16, 2012

U.N. and Iran agree to keep talking on nuclear

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.

May 15, 2012

U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran agree – to talk more

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.

May 15, 2012

Iran upbeat on U.N. nuclear talks, diplomats sceptical

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.

May 15, 2012

Iran says nuclear talks with UN “good, constructive”

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran’s talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about Tehran’s atomic activities are going well, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday, the second day of discussions.

The talks will test Iran’s readiness to address U.N. inspectors’ concerns over military links to its nuclear work, ahead of wider diplomatic negotiations on the programme’s future in Baghdad next week between Tehran and world powers.

May 15, 2012

Iran official says talks with IAEA good, environment constructive

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran’s talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about Tehran’s atomic programme are going well, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday, the second day of discussions.

The talks will test Iran’s readiness to address U.N. inspectors’ concerns over military links to its nuclear work, ahead of wider diplomatic talks on the programme’s future in Baghdad next week between Tehran and world powers.

May 14, 2012

U.N. nuclear agency to push Iran on military site access

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations nuclear watchdog signalled on Monday it would press Iran for access to a military installation where it suspects Iran has built a chamber for high-explosive tests that could serve to develop atomic bombs.

The Vienna talks will test Iran’s readiness to address U.N. inspectors’ suspicions of military dimensions to its nuclear programme, ahead of broader-ranging talks on the programme’s future in Baghdad next week between Tehran and six world powers.

May 14, 2012

U.N. inspectors to press Iran on military site access

VIENNA (Reuters) – A senior U.N. nuclear official said Iran must give his inspectors access to information, people and sites as he began a two-day meeting with Iranian officials on the Islamic state’s disputed atomic activities on Monday.

The meeting in Vienna will test Iran’s readiness to address U.N. inspectors’ suspicions of military dimensions to its nuclear program, ahead of high-stakes talks on the program in Baghdad next week between Iran and six world powers.

May 12, 2012

Exiles: Iran advancing active nuclear arms program

PARIS/VIENNA (Reuters) – An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Saturday that Iran has some 60 scientists and engineers involved in a concerted and expanding program to develop nuclear weapons under defense ministry auspices.

However, diplomats say the National Council of Resistance of Iran has had a spotty record with allegations about Iran’s nuclear work since exposing a secret uranium enrichment plant at Natanz in 2002. A top U.S. nuclear expert said the NCRI report, like previous ones, should be treated with great skepticism.

May 10, 2012
via Breakingviews

Euro faces slide on break-up risks

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By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

It’s euro strength rather than weakness that is remarkable. But a swift slide in its value is now probable. A possible Greek exit from the zone in the coming months is the big near-term risk. But there is also a broader threat. As the crisis persists France and Germany are growing further apart. More growth? Less austerity? A zone torn by discordant voices is vulnerable to a split and the euro to a slide.

May 9, 2012

U.S. institute says sees “new activity” at Iran site

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. security institute says commercial satellite imagery shows new activity at an Iranian military site which raises concern that the Islamic state may be “washing” a building the United Nations’ nuclear agency wants to inspect.

Iran dismissed the report, as it has previously rejected allegations about the Parchin complex, where the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suspects nuclear weapons-relevant research may have taken place.