News / Middle East

    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.
    x
    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.
    VOA News
    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. 

    You May Like

    Pentagon: Afghan Hospital Bombing Not a War Crime

    US Central Command's Joseph Votel says probe found tragedy was result of 'extraordinarily intense situation' that included multiple equipment failures

    US Minorities Link Guns with Other Social Ills

    New study finds reduction in gun violence could help lower America’s incarceration rate – the world’s highest - and improve relationships between police, citizens in minority communities

    Speeding Causes Spike in Deaths on South African Roads

    At least 14,000 people die each year from country’s traffic-related incidents; authorities criticized on issues of safety, legal enforcement

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    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.
    In Response

    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.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
    X
    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Turkey Islamists

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
    Video

    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
    Video

    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
    Video

    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora