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Jul 13, 2015

Iran nuclear deal edges closer but success still not guaranteed

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were close to clinching an historic pact on Monday that would bring Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, but an Iranian negotiator said he could not guarantee a deal was imminent.

“I cannot promise whether the remaining issues can be resolved tonight or tomorrow night. Some issues still remain unresolved and, until they are solved, we cannot say an agreement has been reached,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying in Vienna.

Jul 11, 2015

France says ‘decision time’ has come in Iran nuclear talks

VIENNA (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister appeared to put pressure on the United States and Iran on Saturday to speed up nuclear talks, saying that all issues were now on the table between six major powers and Iran and that the time had to come to make a decision.

The two sides nevertheless struggled to break the deadlock in nuclear talks that has held up a historic deal that would bring sanctions relief for Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.

Jul 10, 2015

Iran, powers give themselves to Monday for nuclear deal

VIENNA, July 10 (Reuters) – Iran and major powers gave
themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their
third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the West of
throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.

Both sides say there has been progress in two weeks of
talks, but British Secretary Philip Hammond called it “painfully
slow” and he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, left
Vienna saying they would return on Saturday.

Jul 10, 2015

Iran says Western powers backtracking as nuclear deadline expires

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new “red lines” at nuclear talks, after the deadline to reach an agreement in time to receive expedited scrutiny from the U.S. Congress expired with no deal.

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal was unlikely to be reached on Friday and negotiators would probably spend the weekend in Vienna.

Jul 9, 2015

Deadlines, red lines, bedtimes get no respect at Iran talks

VIENNA, July 8 (Reuters) – As any parent knows, setting
limits is important, especially at bedtime. In the Iran nuclear
negotiations, however, the normal rules of diet, discipline and
decorum do not always apply.

Diplomats describe the downsides of the talks, among them
sleepless nights, separation from spouses and the difficulty of
maintaining one’s diet, let alone waistline, amid the siren
temptations of Vienna’s veal schnitzel and Sachertorte.

Jul 8, 2015

Iran says makes new proposal in nuclear talks, West unimpressed

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has offered “constructive solutions” to resolve disputes in nuclear talks with six major powers, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Wednesday, but Western officials suggested they had heard nothing new from Tehran.

Iran and the powers are in the last stretch of talks to reach a final agreement to end a more than 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. The aim is to lift sanctions in exchange for at least a decade of curbs on the program.

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.