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.
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.
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.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating with Iran have been making too many compromises in nuclear talks with Iran, saying it hoped to get a good agreement but was not certain that was achievable.
The official had been asked to respond to public criticism of the U.S. delegation in the talks and suggestions that the administration of President Barack Obama has been making too many concessions out of desperation to do a deal.
VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – Iran is backtracking from an
interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago,
Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian
officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a
June 30 deadline.
Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12-year
nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the door to
suspending sanctions that have crippled Tehran’s economy. It
could also help ease the diplomatic isolation for an Iran that
has become increasingly assertive across the region.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are in what may be the final phase of negotiations aimed at securing a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iranian nuclear activities.
The six powers have a June 30 deadline but diplomats close to the talks expect that to slip.
VIENNA, June 28 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers – the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – are
in what may be the final phase of negotiations aimed at securing
a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iranian
The six powers have a June 30 deadline but diplomats close
to the talks expect that to slip.
PARIS (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday it was not impossible to get a deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program but said tough days lay ahead as a self-imposed June 30 deadline nears.
France’s foreign minister said on Saturday an accord remained elusive due to disagreements over fundamental issues, while the U.S. and Iranian top diplomats said hard work was still needed for what could be their final negotiations to bridge significant differences.
VIENNA, June 26 (Reuters) – As a June 30 deadline for a
final nuclear deal approaches, major differences remain between
Iran and world powers on several key issues including sanctions
relief and U.N. access to Iranian sites, a senior Western
diplomat said on Friday.
“The most difficult subjects need to be resolved in the
coming days,” the diplomat told reporters on condition of
anonymity in the Austrian capital, where talks between the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran
have entered their final phase.
VIENNA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran’s foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.
The telephone calls came after Kerry raised eyebrows among some Western officials by saying the U.S. was “not fixated” on any past Iranian work, about which it already had “absolute knowledge,” and was looking to the future instead.