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Iran Nuclear Talks Collapse

Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili attends a news conference after the talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Almaty, April 6, 2013.
Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili attends a news conference after the talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Almaty, April 6, 2013.
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The European Union's foreign policy chief says nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have ended without an agreement.

Catherine Ashton said Saturday the two sides "remain far apart on substance," after a second and final day of negotiations in Kazakhstan.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there was no agreement on a date or venue for further talks.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, acknowledged differences between the two sides.  He reiterated Iran's position that it has a right to enrich uranium, and said Tehran is hoping for more concessions from world powers before curtailing its uranium enrichment production.  

Iran's Nuclear Program

2012

January: IAEA confirms Iran is refining uranium to 20% fissile purity
February: UN inspectors end talks in Tehran without inspecting disputed military site at Parchin
April: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vows Iran will not surrender its nuclear rights
May: UN inspectors report finding traces of significantly upgraded uranium at an Iranian site
July: EU begins total ban on Iranian oil imports; US expands sanctions
September: IAEA demands access to Parchin; Iran calls EU sanctions "irresponsible"
December: IAEA says it made progress in talks with Iran; US imposes more sanctions.

2013
January: Iran says it will speed up nuclear fuel work
February: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejects direct nuclear talks with the U.S.; Iran, world powers meet, agree to more talks.
May: IAEA says Iran has expanded nuclear activity.
September: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will not seek weapons of mass destruction.  Iran and world powers agree to resume nuclear talks.
October: Iran set to begin talks with five permanent members of U.N. Security Council and Germany
During two days of meetings in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the major powers had hoped to reach a compromise with Iran to resolve their concerns about the widespread belief that Iran's nuclear program conceals a covert effort to make nuclear bombs.

Delegates from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany met with Iranian officials on proposals that would have allowed some exceptions to the international sanctions program against Iran, if authorities there would close a controversial nuclear facility and turn over the national stockpile of enriched uranium.

​A spokesman for Ashton urged Iran earlier to take a "confidence-building step" and reassure the international community it is not engaged in a nuclear weapons program for military purposes.

Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, including power generation.

The United States attended the talks with the four other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, France, Russia and China.  German representatives were also there.

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by: George from: USA
April 07, 2013 1:45 PM
There was no deal because the U.S. is living in a dreamworld (the other members of P5+1 are really irrelevant).

President Obama is asking for diamonds and offering peanuts. The deal offered to Iran was a sick joke. If no sanctions relief is to be offered, it is simply ridiculous to continue these talks. Iran is not folding.

by: musawi melake
April 06, 2013 5:05 PM
So, the Jews and their allies can look forward to bombing the Muslim-nation, to stone age state, isn't it what had been said about Pakistan being nonacceptance of US-led invasion of Afghanistan to get rid of Taliban and Osama's infrastructure? Well, the conglomerate has at least a face saving opportunity, after feeling defeated in the hands of Mongoloids in Korea, the middle eastern countries are the only sacrificial goats.

by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
April 06, 2013 4:59 PM
.... talks collapse" anyone expected a different outcome? if they did, they are brain dead! Iran's theocracy, for well over 10 yrs, have stated clearly that their enrichment program was not negotiable; how much more deaf do you have to be not to hear! It must be nice, to be so out of it, to just keep on running out the clock.; shortly another NKorea situation will be facing the West, and its allies in the Gulf. The credibility of the P5+1 is approaching zero.
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by: Cranksy from: USA
April 08, 2013 1:21 PM
Amin, I reported your reply to the moderators for reconsideration. While I don't necessarily agree with the motivation of JKF's comment, I disagree with your false and negative statement about Canadians.
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by: Amin from: Texas
April 06, 2013 6:12 PM
If what you say is correct, why is that the US and the P5+1 are not willing to lift all sanctions if Iran stops enriching up to 20 percent?The answer is that they know that Iran is not chasing a weapon and they have all the time in the world. Canadians are like John Baird, all mouth and no brain.

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