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Kerry: Diplomatic Window 'Cracking Open' on Iran

FILE - Iranian technicians work at a facility producing uranium fuel outside of Isfahan, 410 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.FILE - Iranian technicians work at a facility producing uranium fuel outside of Isfahan, 410 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.
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FILE - Iranian technicians work at a facility producing uranium fuel outside of Isfahan, 410 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.
FILE - Iranian technicians work at a facility producing uranium fuel outside of Isfahan, 410 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the window for diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program is "cracking open" ahead of new negotiations with between Iran and world powers.

The Islamic Republic is set to hold talks Tuesday and Wednesday with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany.

Kerry's comments came even as a senior Iranian negotiator said Sunday that Tehran will not transfer its nuclear material out of the country.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television that the removal of nuclear material from Iran is a "red line."

In previous rounds of negotiations, world powers called for Iran to give up its existing stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent purity and send it abroad.  Uranium of that purity is a short technical step away from being converted to weapons-grade material.

Araghchi said that Tehran, however, "will negotiate" about its "level" of uranium enrichment.

The nuclear talks will be the first since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office in August, promising to lead a diplomatic effort to ease Western sanctions on his country.


His predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defied U.N. Security Council demands to suspend Iran's uranium enrichment program, which Western powers believe is aimed at making nuclear weapons.  Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. 

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by: changeirannow from: US
October 15, 2013 4:45 PM
If this is the case then it looks like Iran will still be able to make a number of atomic weapons from the uranium they have already enriched, time to perfect their long range missiles and nuclear weapons components and to enrich a lot of uranium to 20%, which they then can turn into nuclear weapons within weeks through their advanced new uranium enrichment centrifuges. Iran is a major oil producer, which casts doubt on its claims to need nuclear power. In addition, the centrifuges Iran has are much more sophisticated than what would be needed for peaceful uses. Nuclear experts warn that a more likely scenario is that Iran will develop a legal nuclear power program, then drop out of the NPT and rapidly switch to an illegal nuclear weapons program. According to the NPT, Iran may build any nuclear facility, including uranium enrichment plants to create nuclear fuel, as long as the facility is devoted to peaceful uses and subject to IAEA safeguards and inspections. What matters now is if the West can force Iran to give up their nuclear weapons ambitions with concrete action and not simply talk. I am highly doubtful though since Iran saw how North Korea fooled the world about its nuclear ambitions (and got away with it). And Iran's just repeating what works.


by: Bluhorizon from: ThailaND
October 14, 2013 1:46 AM
Clearly Iran has staked its national reputation on building nuclear capability even if the bomb is not ready to deliver. They have stated their hatred for Israel many times, although they have no common border or specific dispute. They arm and fund terrorist groups that attack Israel and there can be little doubt of their intent. This is pure religious hatred, something Middle Eastern Muslims do best.

People who think others reason in commonly rational ways, about such things as mutual mass destruction duo not understand the Islamic mind. I have heard several Iranians say that the destruction of Iran is perfectly acceptable (martyrs) if israel is destroyed. So, we understand that Kerry is supposed to make pleasant sounds--as long as we understand that they are not based on reality. The iranians need time to complete their project and Kerry will try to give that to them.

Why is this important to America? An Israeli-Iran conflict could go nuclear in a heartbeat. The most effective way for Israel to put Iran out for good would be to dirty bomb their oil fields. Bye-bye oil! You be running on cooking oil.


by: anonymot from: ct
October 13, 2013 10:28 PM
If Condy Rice and Hillary Clinton had been real diplomats, the whole Iran business would not exist. The one thing I'll give Obama is that he's not Netanyahu's puppet.


by: Mike from: US
October 13, 2013 10:02 PM
If Kerry says it's good, rest assured that it definitely is not!!


by: VOAObserver
October 13, 2013 9:31 PM
Iran is simply running out the clock until they have nuclear weapons. The West is being played, again.

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by: fatemeh from: Iran
October 13, 2013 11:54 PM
Iran doesn't want any nuclear weapon. we do not need it! today is the day of dialogue. if we want to make any harm against any country we use your own Tactic: soft war!


by: Gregory Allen Leeds from: Lewes, Delaware, USA
October 13, 2013 3:18 PM
Iran's actions with regard to North Korea in helping build a nuclear site in Syria destroyed during "Operation Orchard", the subsequent ballistic missile sites built with Iran's help in Eritrea and Venzuala and the proliferation attempt's by North Korea to ship nuclear components to Myanmar justify every active attempt to stop the spread of nuclear proleration by these regimes. Iran's active role in 9/11 with Zimbabwe, it's policies towad the west and Israel and the Chinese annex of the main Iran oil fields in 2011 along with the Chinese General's threat of "World War three" if they are attacked in Iran will decide it and it's peoples fate in the very near future. No attempt should be made to assimilate Iran's intelligence to work with the Moro tribe in Southest Asia again to destabilize western influence.

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