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    Iran Cites Progress in Talks to Implement Nuclear Deal

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino pose for a photograph after their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22, 2013.
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino pose for a photograph after their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 22, 2013.
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    A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said Iran and world powers have made "good progress" in talks on how to implement an agreement regarding the country's nuclear program.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Tuesday that "some issues remain" after experts from both sides met in Geneva.

    He told state media that those issues will be the focus of a likely meeting next week with the European Union's deputy foreign policy chief, Helga Schmid.

    Iran signed a six-month agreement in November with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany to curb its nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief.

    Within a year, the two sides want to reach a long-term deal to ensure Iran is not developing nuclear weapons, with the international community lifting all of the sanctions levied against the country.

    Iran has insisted its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    December 31, 2013 8:55 AM
    Still preparing to take off? What is the need if the so-called world powers that oversee the deal do not have the intention to see it curb Iran's nuclear foray. If at this point in time the deal has not started working, then it shows the undesirability of it and so to stop any further attempt to midwife whatever Iran wants to do with its nuclear program. For by now, if Iran has not achieved anything it aimed to achieve before, then it has not been serious with the pursuit of nuclear program in the first place - maybe just bluffing. No serious minded organization would allow this much time to control something as dangerous as nuclear proliferation, which is more dangerous than H1N5 strains of China's bird flu and other epidemics for which force majure have been declared.

    Then the world should be prepared for nuclear arms race, let North Korea off the hook, and declare it free for all who care to join the nuclear programs club. For by now, trying to tell us that Iran's program objective has not been achieve is the deceit of the outgoing year. No one should be deceived, because it only means the deal is for others not Iran, though Iran's issue is put forward just to deter others.

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