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Jul 14, 2015

Draft deal calls for UN access to all Iran sites -source

VIENNA, July 14 (Reuters) – A draft nuclear deal between
Iran and six major powers calls for U.N. inspectors to have
access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military, based
on consultations between the powers and Tehran, a diplomatic
source said on Tuesday.

The source also said that if the deal is accepted, a U.N.
Security Council resolution on it would ideally be adopted this
month and the steps to be taken by both sides – including
Iranian limitations on its nuclear programme and relief from
sanctions on Iran – would be implemented in the first half of
2016.

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

Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says ‘redlines’ should be respected in nuclear talks: Tasnim

VIENNA (Reuters) – The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said on Friday that Tehran’s “redlines” should be respected in nuclear talks with major powers aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear program, the semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.

“A deal can be reached only if (our) redlines are respected … (U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry’s) comments are part of America’s psychological warfare against Iran,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Jul 10, 2015

As deadline looms, Kerry says U.S. in no rush to get Iran deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States and other major powers are not in a rush to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, suggesting an accord was unlikely hours ahead of a deadline set by the U.S. Congress for a quick review.

In another sign an agreement was not at hand, a senior Iranian official accused the United States and others nations of shifting their positions and backtracking on an April 2 interim agreement that was meant to lay the ground for a final deal.

Jul 9, 2015

Iran nuclear deal close; impasse over weapons, missiles persists

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were close to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of Iranian arms and missile trade.

Over the past two weeks, Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have twice extended a deadline for completing a long-term deal under which Tehran would curb sensitive nuclear activities for more than a decade in exchange for sanctions relief.

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 the country’s disputed nuclear program. The goal an agreement that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade.

Jul 6, 2015

Iran demands end to U.N. missile sanctions, West refuses – envoys

VIENNA (Reuters) – A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile programme and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.

“The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. They say there is no reason to connect it with the nuclear issue, a view that is difficult to accept,” one Western official told Reuters. “There’s no appetite for that on our part.”

Jul 6, 2015

Insight – Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions — and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still.

The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a military force. It is also an industrial empire with political clout that has grown exponentially in the last decade, benefiting from the favour of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former guardsman and, most recently, from the opportunities created by Western sanctions.

Jul 6, 2015

Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions — and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still.

The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a military force. It is also an industrial empire with political clout that has grown exponentially in the last decade, benefiting from the favor of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former guardsman and, most recently, from the opportunities created by Western sanctions.

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