Tag: Iran

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, says negotiators not looking for an extension on deadline

In Vienna, Kerry is going to “check in” on the high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. It is not yet determined how long he will stay in Vienna, leaving open the possibility that he might not remain until Monday’s deadline for a deal. Kerry is to meet with the U.S. […]

Iran nuclear talks: Kerry says talks focused on a deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is not being discussed.   Negotiations in Vienna will instead focus on “driving towards” the outline of an agreement, he said.   World powers want Iran to show it is not building nuclear weapons, in exchange […]

Hope, but no breakthrough so far in nuclear talks with Iran

“Deep gaps” remain between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, a Russian official said on Wednesday, as negotiations intensified toward a November 24 deadline.   But speaking from Muscat, Oman, where the negotiators have converged for several days after basing their talks in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed optimism that a […]

Final deal in Iran nuclear talks unlikely by deadline

Despite nearly a year of negotiations, Iran and six major powers are unlikely to meet a Nov. 24 deadline to reach a final deal to lift international sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, officials say.   Western and Iranian officials told Reuters the two sides would probably settle for another […]

Iran leader’s call to ‘annihilate’ Israel sparks fury

A new document by Iran’s supreme leader calling for the elimination of Israel shows that world powers must not rush into a deal on the country’s nuclear program despite an upcoming deadline, Israel’s Prime Minister said Monday. “There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls for Israel’s eradication, it promotes international […]

Iran-Russia Nuclear Deal to be Signed Tuesday

The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, will travel to Russia Tuesday to sign a construction deal for two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern Gulf shores, AFP reported on Sunday.   Salehi’s visit will cap months of negotiations between Iran and Russia, and comes as the Islamic republic faces a November 24 […]

Iran Deal: The New ‘Peace in Our Time’

There are other reasons to doubt the value of any deal with Iran. For one thing, Iran has defied UN Security Council resolutions on nuclear enrichment for a decade. The interim deal signed late last year, and the long-term deal now under negotiation, both allow Iran to enrich uranium up to a point. So Iran […]

Two Weeks From Nuclear Deadline, Iran Still Hasn’t Answered Key Military Questions

Three days after the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has still not provided promised – and overdue – explanations about “possible military dimensions” of its nuclear activities, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined Monday to comment on the matter, on the grounds the report “hasn’t been publicly released by the agency yet.”   Read […]

World must not cave to Iran’s demands

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the six world powers, including the US, against caving to Iranian demands to pursue its nuclear program, just so that it can meet a November 24th deadline to conclude a deal with Tehran.   “The international community faces a clear choice,” Netanyahu said. “It can cave to Iranian […]

US, France Say Iran Can Have Nuclear Program, Not Bomb

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, agree that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program but “not a track to a bomb.”   Kerry and Fabius met in Paris where they discussed ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and other issues, ahead of Kerry’s trilateral meeting […]