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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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