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Jul 7, 2015

Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

VIENNA, July 7 (Reuters) – Iran and major powers gave
themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on
the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers
said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours.

“We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of
days,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said outside
the hotel where the marathon talks between Iran, Britain, China,
France, Germany, Russia and the United States are taking place.

Jul 7, 2015

Six powers and Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline: EU

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday’s deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

“We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days. This does not mean we are extending our deadline,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said outside the hotel where the talks between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are taking place.

Jul 5, 2015

Kerry urges Iran to make ‘hard choices’, says U.S. ready to walk

VIENNA (Reuters) – An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the “hard choices” necessary, but if not, the United States remains ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

Speaking after his third meeting of the day with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry said they had made “genuine progress” in talks over the last few days but “several of the most difficult issues” remain.

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.