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.
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