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Mar 30, 2015

Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart.

The two sides explored compromises in areas including numbers of centrifuges used to enrich uranium that Iran could operate, and its nuclear enrichment work for medical research.

Mar 29, 2015

World powers intensify Iran nuclear talks, Israel hopes for failure

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 29 (Reuters) – World powers
intensified nuclear talks with Iran on Sunday, two days before a
deadline for reaching a framework deal, but Israel expressed
cautious hope the negotiations would collapse.

The foreign ministers of the United States, France and
Germany cancelled their travel plans for the next few days so
they can push for the accord that would lay the foundations for
a final settlement with Tehran by the end of June.

Mar 29, 2015

Kerry cancels trip in honor of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honor of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran’s nuclear program intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline.

Kerry’s spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him.

Mar 28, 2015

Iran and powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal, success uncertain

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 28 (Reuters) – The foreign
ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian
diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear
negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a 2- or
3-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal.

The negotiations, in progress for nearly 18 months, aim to
hammer out an accord whereby Iran halts sensitive nuclear work
in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, with the ultimate aim
of reducing the risk of a war in the Middle East.

Mar 27, 2015

Iran, powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, officials said on Friday.

Western and Iranian officials familiar with the negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China cautioned that they still had not agreed on the framework of a deal and key details were still being hotly negotiated.

Mar 27, 2015

Iran, six powers demand mutual concessions in tense nuclear talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 27 (Reuters) – Major powers and
Iran were pushing each other for concessions on Friday ahead of
an end-March deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal, with
Tehran demanding an immediate end to sanctions and freedom to
continue sensitive atomic research, officials said.

Tehran and six major powers — the United States, Britain,
France, Germany, Russia and China — are meeting in Lausanne,
Switzerland, to hammer out a political framework accord by the
end of this month that would lay the foundations for a full deal
by June 30.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S., Iran resume talks on preliminary nuclear deal as deadline looms

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 26 (Reuters) – The United
States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at
clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and
officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary
agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

As the talks began, Washington and Tehran took opposing
stands on Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen against rebels allied
to Iran who are fighting to oust the country’s president,
but it was unclear whether this would affect the
nuclear talks.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. wants detailed deal with Iran but hints at flexibility

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 26 (Reuters) – The United
States wants major powers to reach a detailed political
understanding with Iran by March 31 to clear the path for a
long-term nuclear accord, a senior U.S. official said, while
hinting that Washington could be flexible on its format.

Speaking to reporters traveling with Secretary of State John
Kerry to a new round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the
senior State Department official added that Washington would not
rush to complete an agreement just because there was a deadline.

Mar 25, 2015

Facing resistance, U.S. pushes to meet deadline for Iran deal

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – The United States will struggle to secure a framework nuclear deal between Iran and major powers by a March 31 deadline due to resistance from Tehran and scepticism among other countries, officials said.

With the two sides resuming negotiations this week, Washington is under heavy pressure as it pushes for the political framework accord that would lay the foundations for a full deal with Iran by June 30.

Mar 20, 2015

Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks break off, set to resume next week

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers suspended negotiations on a historic nuclear deal and were set to convene again later next week to break a deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions, Western officials said on Friday.

While the negotiations have made progress over the past year and both sides appear determined to push for a deal, differences on major sticking points are still wide enough to potentially prevent an agreement in the end.

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