News / Middle East

EU: 'No Guarantee' of Comprehensive Deal in Iran Talks

The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) and her delegation attend a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) and his colleagues in Tehran, Iran, March 9, 2014.
The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (2nd L) and her delegation attend a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) and his colleagues in Tehran, Iran, March 9, 2014.
VOA News
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says there is "no guarantee" that nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West will lead to a comprehensive deal when talks resume later this month.

Ashton spoke Sunday alongside Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Iranian capital. She said meetings with Iranian officials will target bilateral ties, regional conflicts, human rights and the resumption of nuclear talks March 18.

Under an interim deal reached in November, Iran agreed to limit uranium enrichment for six months, in return for an easing of Western sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. The deal took effect January 20.

Western powers accuse Iran of efforts to develop nuclear weaponry with its ongoing research, while Tehran has repeatedly insisted its nuclear work has peaceful objectives.

Sunday, Ashton called the upcoming talks on a comprehensive deal "difficult and challenging."  Zarif said Iran is determined to reach an agreement, and says Tehran has shown "good will" in negotiations. He called on the West to reciprocate and said a deal could be reached "in four or five months."

Under the interim deal, Iran agreed to cut back its production of enriched uranium, and to convert half of its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to oxide.

The negotiations format involves Tehran and the so-called P5+1 - Britain, France, the United States, Russia, China and Germany.

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
March 10, 2014 7:49 AM
There is no deal here at all. Unfortunately everyone involved in the negotiations was daft, brainless and so gullible Iran took them for a ride. Stopping for just a few months and then restart shows the administration at the White House as vulnerable as guilty. Thank God for the Ukraine distraction, anything, any favor John Kerry had wanted to use the Iran promises of 'they will not produce nuclear weapon' to cull may be distracted too, until Israel knows why it must give up its territories for peace - which seems to be receding rather than draw nearer, with the acquisition of nuclear power by Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
March 09, 2014 11:05 PM
Why there is too much preasure on Iran for its peaceful nuclear programme. Iran is supportig suppress peoples in this world. Why there is no check on Israel part for its nuclear programme. Every educated man knows very well what is the activities of Israel intelligence in Muslim worlds. What is the history of Israel and its activities in the last 65 years but even then no body is willing to control Israel for spreading terrorism Middle East. What is going on in Syria in the name of freedom and killing so many innocent peoples very sad affairs by civilised nations of this world.

by: Adam Smith
March 09, 2014 7:17 PM
Looking more and more like Iran successfully got something for nothing - billions released and sanctions removed for 6 months, then we'll go back to exactly where we were before.

As warned.
In Response

by: ffmich01 from: USA
March 09, 2014 8:20 PM
Right, they get 5% of their own money and all they had to agree to was to limit enrichment, not use most of their centrifuges, not complete their new reactor, get rid of their 20% enriched stocks, and have daily inspectionsn.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs