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Mar 22, 2015

Iran rejects ‘bullying’ as West stresses unity in nuclear talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take “difficult decisions”.

With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced U.S. “bullying” in the negotiations and repeated Tehran’s denial that it was seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.

Mar 21, 2015

Kerry says progress made in nuclear talks, time to make tough decisions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday talks with Iran had made genuine progress and the time had come to make hard decisions in reaching a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying there was “nothing that cannot be resolved” between the parties, who seek a deal by the end of June.

Mar 19, 2015

European negotiator says framework accord with Iran unlikely soon

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Six world powers are unlikely to reach a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program in the coming days as the sides are still far apart on key issues, a senior European negotiator said on Thursday, blaming Tehran for failing to compromise.

“Contrary to what the Iranians are saying with regard to 90 percent of an accord being done, that’s not true,” the negotiator told reporters on condition of anonymity. “We are not close to an agreement.”

Mar 17, 2015

Iran, US line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 17 (Reuters) – Iran and major
world powers have been making headway in identifying technical
options for a historic nuclear deal as an end-March deadline
nears but difficult issues must still be addressed, a senior
U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Iran and six world powers are seeking an agreement to curb
Iran’s most sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years
in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions on Tehran.

Mar 17, 2015

Iran nuclear talks intensify as sides face tough issues

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Efforts to reach a political agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of the month intensified on Tuesday as negotiations between the United States and Iran resumed, and Western officials warned that tough issues remained unresolved.

The U.S. and Iranian delegations led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began another round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne after the Iranians returned overnight from Brussels where they had met European foreign ministers.

Mar 16, 2015

Closing in on nuclear deal, U.S. demands “tough choices” from Iran

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 16 (Reuters) – The United
States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set
the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official
warned on Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay
fears about its atomic ambitions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held nearly five hours of talks in
the Swiss city of Lausanne before the Iranian delegation headed
to Brussels for meetings with European ministers.

Mar 16, 2015

Iran, U.S. close in on deal but still face vast differences

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement but differences between Tehran and six major powers remain vast with no sign of an imminent breakthrough, officials said on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held four hours of nuclear talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne before the Iranian delegation headed to Brussels for meetings with European ministers.

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry says Syrian transition would have to be negotiated with Assad

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks.

But State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said later that Kerry, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Sunday, was not specifically referring to Assad. She reiterated that Washington would never negotiate with the Syrian leader.

Mar 15, 2015

Kerry says U.S. will have to negotiate with Syria’s Assad

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – The United States will have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and is exploring ways to pressure him into agreeing to talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News in an interview.

Washington has long insisted that Assad must be replaced through a negotiated, political transition, but the rise of a common enemy, hardline militant group Islamic State, appears to have slightly softened the West’s stance towards him.

Mar 14, 2015

Kerry says unclear whether interim Iran deal within reach

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 14 (Reuters) – On the eve of
fresh talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
it was unclear whether an interim agreement over its nuclear
power program was within reach.

“I can’t tell you whether or not we can get a deal, whether
we are close,” Kerry told a news conference on Saturday in the
Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he attended an Egyptian
investment summit.