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14 Apr
Iran’s Leaders Still Touting Nuclear Progress | Jay Solomon 
A senior cleric delivering a nationally televised sermon urged a crowd that included former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization to observe sexual piety, aid the poor and support Iran’s development of nuclear power.
"This technology is progressing our nation," Ayatollah Imami Kashani said at weekly Friday prayers at the University of Tehran. "Our enemies are against such progress."
The sermon, like other speeches and television appearances by senior leaders recently, offered few signs the government is conditioning Iranians for any major limitations on nuclear work. But in talks Iran is pursuing with world powers, U.S. and European officials are aiming to significantly scale back Iran’s nuclear capabilities to guard against development of nuclear weapons—something Tehran denies that it seeks.
FULL ARTICLE (Wall Street Journal)
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Iran’s Leaders Still Touting Nuclear Progress | Jay Solomon 

A senior cleric delivering a nationally televised sermon urged a crowd that included former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization to observe sexual piety, aid the poor and support Iran’s development of nuclear power.

"This technology is progressing our nation," Ayatollah Imami Kashani said at weekly Friday prayers at the University of Tehran. "Our enemies are against such progress."

The sermon, like other speeches and television appearances by senior leaders recently, offered few signs the government is conditioning Iranians for any major limitations on nuclear work. But in talks Iran is pursuing with world powers, U.S. and European officials are aiming to significantly scale back Iran’s nuclear capabilities to guard against development of nuclear weapons—something Tehran denies that it seeks.

FULL ARTICLE (Wall Street Journal)

Photo: AslanMedia/flickr

11 Apr
Negotiators at halfway point, move to drafting phase of Iran deal talks | Laura Rozen
Iran and six world powers have advanced through the first phase of comprehensive nuclear talks and are preparing to shift into the next phase of drafting a final deal accord starting at the next meeting in May, negotiators said in Vienna Wednesday.
“We have now held substantive and detailed discussions covering all the issues which will need to be part of a Comprehensive Agreement,” European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the conclusion of the third round of talks in Vienna Wednesday.
“A lot of intensive work will be required to overcome the differences which naturally still exist at this stage in the process,” Ashton said, in a statement subsequently delivered by Zarif in Persian.
FULL ARTICLE (Al-Monitor)
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Negotiators at halfway point, move to drafting phase of Iran deal talks | Laura Rozen

Iran and six world powers have advanced through the first phase of comprehensive nuclear talks and are preparing to shift into the next phase of drafting a final deal accord starting at the next meeting in May, negotiators said in Vienna Wednesday.

“We have now held substantive and detailed discussions covering all the issues which will need to be part of a Comprehensive Agreement,” European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the conclusion of the third round of talks in Vienna Wednesday.

“A lot of intensive work will be required to overcome the differences which naturally still exist at this stage in the process,” Ashton said, in a statement subsequently delivered by Zarif in Persian.

FULL ARTICLE (Al-Monitor)

Photo: Örlygur Hnefill/Flickr

19 Feb
Missiles to Mountain Test Negotiators on Day 2 of Iran Talks | Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan 
Whether Iran should scale back its missile program and possibly dismantle a mountainside enrichment facility are among the main issues preventing world powers and the country from building on a temporary nuclear accord, officials and analysts said.
The European Union’s foreign-policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif convened a second day of talks today in Vienna, where U.S., U.K., Chinese, French, German and Russian diplomats are seeking to end a decade-long conflict over the nation’s nuclear work. Ashton will head to an extraordinary EU meeting in Brussels tomorrow over the Ukraine crisis, her spokesman Michael Mann said, adding that the nuclear talks could end as soon as tonight or tomorrow morning.
Both sides are signaling limits to compromise before their temporary agreement — reached in Geneva last year — expires in July. U.S. officials say they want Iran to dismantle infrastructure and to see United Nations restrictions on Iranian ballistic-missile development enforced. Iran maintains it won’t take apart nuclear facilities and says its missile program isn’t up for discussion.
FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)
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Missiles to Mountain Test Negotiators on Day 2 of Iran Talks | Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan 

Whether Iran should scale back its missile program and possibly dismantle a mountainside enrichment facility are among the main issues preventing world powers and the country from building on a temporary nuclear accord, officials and analysts said.

The European Union’s foreign-policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif convened a second day of talks today in Vienna, where U.S., U.K., Chinese, French, German and Russian diplomats are seeking to end a decade-long conflict over the nation’s nuclear work. Ashton will head to an extraordinary EU meeting in Brussels tomorrow over the Ukraine crisis, her spokesman Michael Mann said, adding that the nuclear talks could end as soon as tonight or tomorrow morning.

Both sides are signaling limits to compromise before their temporary agreement — reached in Geneva last year — expires in July. U.S. officials say they want Iran to dismantle infrastructure and to see United Nations restrictions on Iranian ballistic-missile development enforced. Iran maintains it won’t take apart nuclear facilities and says its missile program isn’t up for discussion.

FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/flickr

18 Feb
Iran and world powers gear up for more nuclear talks | Scott Peterson
After more than a decade of diplomatic tug-of-war, the final rounds of Iran nuclear talks begin tomorrow in Vienna aimed at ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program will be peaceful.
Iran is negotiating limits on its nuclear advances with six world powers in exchange for a lifting of crippling sanctions. But hardliners in both Iran and the US are suspicious even of the talks, never mind the prospect of compromise or doing a deal with rivals long portrayed as the enemy.
Both Iran and the members of the P5+1 group (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) say they are ready to deal. And for the US and Iran, the latest talks are also an initial litmus test of the chances of easing 35 years of mutual hostility.
FULL ARTICLE (Christian Science Monitor)
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Iran and world powers gear up for more nuclear talks | Scott Peterson

After more than a decade of diplomatic tug-of-war, the final rounds of Iran nuclear talks begin tomorrow in Vienna aimed at ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program will be peaceful.

Iran is negotiating limits on its nuclear advances with six world powers in exchange for a lifting of crippling sanctions. But hardliners in both Iran and the US are suspicious even of the talks, never mind the prospect of compromise or doing a deal with rivals long portrayed as the enemy.

Both Iran and the members of the P5+1 group (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) say they are ready to deal. And for the US and Iran, the latest talks are also an initial litmus test of the chances of easing 35 years of mutual hostility.

FULL ARTICLE (Christian Science Monitor)

Photo: US Mission Geneva/flickr

7 Feb
Iran says it may modify Arak reactor to allay nuclear concerns |  William Maclean, Fredrik Dahl, and Parisa Hafezi
Iran is prepared to modify its planned Arak heavy water reactor to help allay Western concerns, its atomic energy chief said in published remarks that may signal a readiness by Tehran to compromise on the thorny issue.
Western powers, preparing for negotiations with Iran on a long-term deal defining the scope of its disputed nuclear programme, fear Arak could provide a supply of plutonium - one of two materials, along with highly enriched uranium, that can be used for the core of a nuclear weapon - once operational.
The Islamic Republic has said the reactor is designed to produce isotopes for medical treatments, and has denied that any of its nuclear activity is geared to developing a bomb.
The future of the site, near the town of Arak, some 250 km (155 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, is expected to be one of the most difficult issues to resolve in the negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal with Iran due to begin on Feb. 18.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
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Iran says it may modify Arak reactor to allay nuclear concerns |  William Maclean, Fredrik Dahl, and Parisa Hafezi

Iran is prepared to modify its planned Arak heavy water reactor to help allay Western concerns, its atomic energy chief said in published remarks that may signal a readiness by Tehran to compromise on the thorny issue.

Western powers, preparing for negotiations with Iran on a long-term deal defining the scope of its disputed nuclear programme, fear Arak could provide a supply of plutonium - one of two materials, along with highly enriched uranium, that can be used for the core of a nuclear weapon - once operational.

The Islamic Republic has said the reactor is designed to produce isotopes for medical treatments, and has denied that any of its nuclear activity is geared to developing a bomb.

The future of the site, near the town of Arak, some 250 km (155 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, is expected to be one of the most difficult issues to resolve in the negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal with Iran due to begin on Feb. 18.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo:  IAEA Imagebank/flickr

22 Nov
Peter Kenyon, Ali Vaez

Cautious Optimism As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Cautious Optimism As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume | Peter Kenyon

Envoys from Iran and six world powers are set to resume talks in Geneva Wednesday on Iran’s suspect nuclear program. Considerable progress was made in the last round on an interim deal that would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program while easing some of the international economic sanctions. There are cautious hopes on both sides that the interim deal can be finalized at this session.

FULL ARTICLE (NPR)

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

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20 Nov
World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal | Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi
Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out “red lines” but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.
Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
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World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal | Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi

Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out “red lines” but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.

Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

12 Nov
Iran, U.N. Reach Nuclear Deal | Laurence Norman
LONDON—Iran agreed Monday to allow the United Nations to conduct additional inspections of its nuclear sites after failing over the weekend to reach a deal with six world powers on more extensive concessions.
FULL ARTICLE (Wall Street Journal)
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Iran, U.N. Reach Nuclear Deal | Laurence Norman

LONDON—Iran agreed Monday to allow the United Nations to conduct additional inspections of its nuclear sites after failing over the weekend to reach a deal with six world powers on more extensive concessions.

FULL ARTICLE (Wall Street Journal)

Photo: Das österreichische Außenministerium/Wikimedia

11 Nov
Radio France International

Ali Vaez on Iran nuclear talks

Analyst Ali Vaez spoke to Radio France International about this weekend’s nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.

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Iran nuclear negotiations at crucial juncture over Arak reactor | Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
The fate of Iran’s heavy-water reactor has become a sticking point in high-level nuclear negotiations in Geneva, according to the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.
The Iranian delegation is believed to have presented western powers with a draft text of an agreement on Friday, which is now the focus of the negotiation. But Fabius told France Inter radio on Saturday that Paris would not accept a “sucker’s deal”. He said: “As I speak to you, I cannot say there is any certainty that we can conclude.”
FULL ARTICLE (The Guardian) 
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Iran nuclear negotiations at crucial juncture over Arak reactor | Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan

The fate of Iran’s heavy-water reactor has become a sticking point in high-level nuclear negotiations in Geneva, according to the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.

The Iranian delegation is believed to have presented western powers with a draft text of an agreement on Friday, which is now the focus of the negotiation. But Fabius told France Inter radio on Saturday that Paris would not accept a “sucker’s deal”. He said: “As I speak to you, I cannot say there is any certainty that we can conclude.”

FULL ARTICLE (The Guardian) 

Photo: United Nations - Geneva/Flickr