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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.

Mar 20, 2015

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

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers were set to suspend negotiations on a historic nuclear deal and reconvene 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.

Mar 19, 2015

Exclusive: Iran wants limits on nuclear work eased before any deal expires – officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran is pressing major world powers to agree to start easing some restrictions on its atomic program earlier than Western countries are willing to accept, Western and Iranian officials told Reuters.

This is one of the sticking points that divide negotiators from Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in the Swiss city of Lausanne as an end-March deadline for a framework agreement approaches, the officials said.

Mar 19, 2015

Iran wants limits on nuclear work eased before any deal expires -officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 18 (Reuters) – Iran is pressing
major world powers to agree to start easing some restrictions on
its atomic programme earlier than Western countries are willing
to accept, Western and Iranian officials told Reuters.

This is one of the sticking points that divide negotiators
from Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia
and China in the Swiss city of Lausanne as an end-March deadline
for a framework agreement approaches, the officials said.

Mar 17, 2015

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

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (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 15, 2015

West hopes for Iran concessions in nuclear talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Western powers are hoping for concessions from Tehran that could help clinch a political agreement in nuclear talks this week after the United States and European powers voiced a willingness to compromise on suspending U.N. sanctions, officials said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were due to meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, later on Sunday to break the logjam ahead of a crucial round of talks between Iran and six major powers.

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. State Dept rebuffs Republican criticism of Iran nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department fought back on Friday against the latest Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear talks, saying any moves to lift U.N. sanctions if there was a deal would not limit U.S. options for future action against Tehran.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the United States and five other major powers and Iran have begun talks on a possible draft resolution to endorse any future deal and address the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. State Department rebuffs Republican criticism of Iran nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department fought back on Friday against the latest Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear talks, saying any moves to lift U.N. sanctions if there was a deal would not limit U.S. options for future action against Tehran.

Reuters reported on Thursday that the United States and five other major powers and Iran have begun talks on a possible draft resolution to endorse any future deal and address the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

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