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Jul 4, 2015

Iran, powers push for nuclear deal; dispute over U.N. sanctions persists

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and world powers continued marathon talks on Saturday in an attempt to clinch an historic nuclear accord but remained divided on issues such as lifting U.N. sanctions and development of advanced centrifuges.

Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran.

Jul 3, 2015

Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points

VIENNA (Reuters) – A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran’s past atomic research.

Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – on an agreement to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Jul 2, 2015

IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch

VIENNA (Reuters) – The global nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday its boss would fly to Tehran to discuss one of the biggest sticking points that need to be resolved so that Iran and world powers can reach a breakthrough final nuclear deal by a new deadline of next week.

Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week on Tuesday to reach an accord that would curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions, after it became clear that a June 30 deadline would not be met. Despite the lapsed deadline, diplomats have given upbeat assessments of the prospects for a deal.

Jul 1, 2015

IAEA chief Amano heads to Iran as nuclear talks extended

VIENNA (Reuters) – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano will be in Tehran on Thursday to discuss monitoring sensitive nuclear sites with senior officials as major powers and Iran seek a breakthrough in forging a lasting nuclear agreement.

Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week on Tuesday to reach an accord curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but U.S. President Barack Obama warned there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off.

Jul 1, 2015

U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off.

With talks in the final stretch, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani also spoke out, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises.

Jun 30, 2015

Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.

With all sides accepting that Tuesday’s original deadline would come and go without an agreement, Iran and the six powers agreed to extend an interim accord until July 7 in order to have more time to negotiate a comprehensive agreement.

Jun 30, 2015

Iran and powers set to miss deadline as nuclear deal remains elusive

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers ramped up negotiations on Tuesday after accepting they would miss a June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal, with both sides cautioning that major obstacles to a lasting agreement remained.

Diplomats said the Vienna talks would run on for as long as necessary to reach a deal intended to promise an end to sanctions in exchange for at least a decade of limits on Iran’s most sensitive nuclear activities.

Jun 29, 2015

Insight – France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears

VIENNA (Reuters) – France has asked its firms to prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, but Paris’ tough stance in talks and ties with Sunni Arab states means its “love-hate” relationship with Iran will continue.

Despite a long history of commercial, political and social links with Iran that even saw Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei exiled near Paris in 1979, France has arguably been the most demanding among the six powers negotiating a final accord.

Jun 29, 2015

France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears

VIENNA, June 29 (Reuters) – France has asked its firms to
prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to
curb Tehran’s nuclear program, but Paris’ tough stance in talks
and ties with Sunni Arab states means its “love-hate”
relationship with Iran will continue.

Despite a long history of commercial, political and social
links with Iran that even saw Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei exiled
near Paris in 1979, France has arguably been the most demanding
among the six powers negotiating a final accord.

Jun 28, 2015

Iran nuclear talks set to go beyond deadline as differences remain

VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – The six world powers seeking to
negotiate an historic agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear
programme plan to carry on negotiating beyond a Tuesday
deadline, a senior U.S. official
said on Sunday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave
Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country’s
leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said.