Tag: Iran

No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China’s economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran’s “plan B” hardly looks ideal.   Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as […]

Kerry cancels plans to pull back from Iran nuke talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans Friday to pull back from talks with Iran about the country’s nuclear program — a shift that suggested some hope of movement on the protracted negotiations.   Kerry is staying in Vienna to continue negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others at the negotiating […]

IAEA to discuss Iranian offer to allow ‘managed access’ to site

The UN nuclear agency said on Friday it would discuss an Iranian offer for access to a region where explosives experiments may have taken place, but that it was not as straightforward as suggested by Tehran.   Iran told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday it would let the IAEA […]

Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran

Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program.   But reflecting on the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel […]

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 […]