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Apr 3, 2015

Iranians celebrate, Obama hails “historic” nuclear framework

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 3 (Reuters) – Iranians
celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework
for a nuclear deal that could bring their country in from the
cold, hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an “historic
understanding” with an old adversary.

The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days
of talks in Switzerland, clears the way for negotiations on a
settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking
to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on
the Islamic Republic.

Apr 3, 2015

Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran’s nuclear program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade, a step toward a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.

The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland, clears the way for negotiations on a settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Apr 2, 2015

Iran nuclear talks went to the wire and beyond

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Wednesday that a framework nuclear deal had been reached between Iran and major world powers, the French delegation to the talks thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

In the end, a deal was reached a day later. But after eight days of talking, with a Tuesday midnight deadline already history, it had gone to the wire and beyond.

Apr 2, 2015

Reporting Iran talks: stampedes, dirty shirts and $72 cocktails

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Hundreds of journalists have been crammed into a pair of large lounges at a 19th century hotel for over a week now, eager for any scrap of information on closed door negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Reporters from dozens of American, European, Israeli and Iranian television outlets are confined to the press rooms, which have becoming increasingly filthy after seven days of deadlocked negotiations. Most Iranian reporters are in one room, with Western, Chinese and Arabic teams in the other.

Apr 2, 2015

Iran talks stretch into another day; deal seen close but elusive

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran’s nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours.

The negotiations, aimed at blocking Iran’s capacity to build a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting sanctions, have become bogged down over crucial details of the accord, even as the broad outlines of an agreement have been reached.

Apr 1, 2015

Despite progress, Iran nuclear talks hit impasse on details

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) – Major powers and
Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran’s nuclear
programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but were stuck
over key details such as lifting U.N. sanctions and Iran’s
future atomic research.

After missing a self-imposed March 31 deadline for a deal,
the negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the
early morning hours with an air of chaos, disunity and cacophony
as delegations scrambled to get contradictory viewpoints across.

Apr 1, 2015

Ancient battle on UN Security Council ‘trigger’ bogs down Iran talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – It is one of those concepts that is particularly odious to Russia — an automatic trigger mechanism under which the U.N. Security Council would be forced to do something.

Now a dispute over that issue threatens to wreck marathon negotiations on a preliminary political framework for a future comprehensive deal that would end the 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The other major sticking point is Tehran’s demands to continue pursuing nuclear centrifuge research and development

Apr 1, 2015

Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says “key aspects” agreed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) – Six world powers
and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord
reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme, extending talks into an
extra day as they edged toward a deal but failed to agree
crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in
the early hours of Wednesday and said they would reconvene later
in the day, with Iran and Russia expressing optimism that an
initial agreement was within reach.

Apr 1, 2015

Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; U.S. threatens to walk away

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran negotiated past a March 31 deadline into the wee hours of Wednesday, struggling to conclude an outline accord on Tehran’s nuclear program in the face of a U.S. threat to abandon the talks.

With Iran asserting its “nuclear rights”, the talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne entered a seventh day, bogged down this time on the issues of nuclear research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their restoration if Iran breached the agreement.

Mar 31, 2015

Iran, powers rush for nuclear deal as clock ticks toward deadline

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace of negotiations on Tuesday ahead of a deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal that was less than 24 hours away, as both sides warned it was crucial to overcome differences that could wreck an agreement.

For nearly a week the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been trying to break an impasse in negotiations aimed at stopping Iran from having the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb, in exchange for an easing of international sanctions that are crippling its economy.

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      "I am Reuters' United Nations bureau chief based in New York. My previous postings were in Berlin, Vienna, Hong Kong and Prague. I have reported from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States."
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