News / Middle East

Iran Nuclear Talks Remain Deadlocked

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves a meeting at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves a meeting at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2014.
Al Pessin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held more inconclusive meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna Monday, as efforts continued to break the deadlock in talks on the future of Iran’s nuclear program.
 
Kerry had two meetings Monday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, as talks also continued at a lower level between Iranian nuclear experts and officials from the six countries representing the United Nations.
 
Between sessions, Kerry had only a few words for reporters, who asked whether there was any progress.


“We are working away,” he said.
 
The talks are aimed at closing what Kerry called on Sunday significant gaps on key issues. Those are believed to include how much capacity Iran will have to enrich uranium, and how long the restrictions will last.  

Enriching uranium is a key process in making fuel for civilian nuclear reactors, and also for building a nuclear bomb.
 
Iran says it has no intention of building a bomb, but the international community wants proof after decades of Iranian defiance and deception about its nuclear program.
 
The talks face a deadline on Sunday, but many experts expect that to be extended.

On Twitter, Zarif wrote that the two sides can reach a history-making deal before the deadline.
 
But even if Zarif and Kerry, and their technical experts, can find common ground, there is concern they will not be able to get such a deal approved back home. There is serious skepticism and some outright opposition to any deal among some in the U.S. Congress, and among some in Iran’s power establishment.  
 
In recent days, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini said Iran needs to significantly increase its enrichment capacity to meet future energy needs.  The international negotiators, and particularly the United States, are calling for a reduction in Iran’s capability for at least the next 10 years.
 
Iran expert Matthew Moran of London’s King’s College says, “The domestic political sphere in Iran is characterized by factionalism.  Iranian politicians, like anywhere else, they will disagree over a whole range of issues. But around the nuclear issue there is consensus. Around nuclear advancement there is consensus. So it’s quite difficult to roll back.”
 
On the U.S. side, Paul Ingram of the British-American Security Information Council said the talks will face additional challenges if they extend too long.

“If they wait until it is too close to, or worse after, the mid-term elections in November, that will be a much harder time," he said. "So, I think in the short- to medium-term, in the next weeks and months, the Iranians will be needing a deal much more than the benefits they would get from trying to delay.

Kerry and Zarif are expected to meet again on Tuesday.  

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid