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Apr 14, 2012

Hopes high as Iran nuclear talks resume in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Talks between Iran and six world powers resumed in Turkey on Saturday after a 15-month gap, as delegates sought to find ways of resolving a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme and easing fears of a new Middle East war.

One diplomat described the atmosphere as “completely different” from that of previous meetings, as Western delegates watched out for signs that Iran was ready to engage seriously after more than a year of threats and accusations.

Apr 13, 2012

Powers seek to ease nuclear deadlock with Iran

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iran and world powers have a rare chance on Saturday to halt a downward diplomatic spiral over Tehran’s nuclear program and ease fears of a new Middle East war when they resume stalled talks, but diplomats warn against expecting quick results.

The negotiations in Istanbul, the first between Iran and the six powers in 15 months, are unlikely to yield any major breakthrough but Western diplomats hope at last to see readiness from Tehran to start discuss issues of substance.

Apr 13, 2012

Iran, powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iran and the six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.

Senior officials from Iran and the big powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of Saturday’s bid to restart stalled diplomacy after months of soaring tension and persistent speculation that Israel might bomb Iranian nuclear sites.

Apr 13, 2012

Iran, powers prepare for high-stakes nuclear talks

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iran and the six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.

Officials from Iran and the six major powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of Saturday’s bid to restart stalled diplomacy following months of soaring tension and persistent speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear sites.

Apr 12, 2012

Nuclear talks aim to ease fears of Iran war

VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Major powers will hold their first talks with Iran this week in more than a year, hoping Tehran will give enough ground over its nuclear programme to continue negotiations and avert the threat of a Middle East war.

Israel has hinted at military strikes on Iran, arguing time is running out to stop it developing atomic arms; Iran says it could respond by closing a major oil shipping thoroughfare, aware that would push up crude prices and hit the world economy.

Apr 12, 2012

Preview: Nuclear talks aim to ease fears of Iran war

VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Major powers will hold their first talks with Iran this week in more than a year, hoping Tehran will give enough ground over its nuclear program to continue negotiations and avert the threat of a Middle East war.

Israel has hinted at military strikes on Iran, arguing time is running out to stop it developing atomic arms; Iran says it could respond by closing a major oil shipping thoroughfare, aware that would push up crude prices and hit the world economy.

Apr 10, 2012
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Wobbly markets face second-quarter correction

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By Ian Campbell

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

Markets are wobbling on renewed fears about global growth. Rising yields on Italian and Spanish bonds add to the alarm. And it would be wrong to assume that central bankers will ride to markets’ rescue this time – because oil prices and inflation are part of the global gloom.

Apr 5, 2012
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Against the euro, the pound looks sound

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By Ian Campbell

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

The pound has upside against the euro. The UK economy probably grew in the first quarter while euro land keeps heading down. And UK inflation looks firmer too – and that may deter more British money printing.

Mar 30, 2012

New Iran talks may focus on higher-grade atom work

VIENNA, March 30 (Reuters) – Getting Iran to stop the
higher-level uranium enrichment it started two years ago and has
since sharply increased will be a priority when world powers
re-enter talks with the Islamic Republic in April, Western
diplomats and analysts say.

Tehran took a major step towards making potential atom bomb
material after a previous attempt at diplomacy failed, spurning
U.N. demands to halt all enrichment and, instead, ramping up
uranium processing to 20 percent purity – goading the West to
impose crushing sanctions on its banks and oil exports.

Mar 28, 2012

Could bombing Iran push it to build the Bomb?

VIENNA (Reuters) – Pre-emptive military strikes aimed at forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear activities may end up having the opposite effect: convincing the Islamic Republic’s leaders they need an atomic arsenal to secure their hold on power.

That is the argument from those in the West and elsewhere who say the negative impact of an Israeli or U.S. attack would eventually outweigh any gains – pushing Iran towards a decision that Western intelligence services believe it has not yet taken.