News / Middle East

World Powers, Iran Agree to Resume Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 25, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 25, 2013.
Margaret Besheer
Major powers have agreed with Iran to resume talks about its suspect nuclear program next month in Geneva.  

The foreign ministers of the five permanent Security Council powers plus Germany met with their Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, late Thursday.

President Hassan Rouhani has designated Minister Zarif as his lead nuclear negotiator.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they had a good and substantive meeting.

“I am pleased that we’ve agreed to meet in Geneva on 15 and 16 of October to pursue the agenda, to carry on from today’s meeting and to hopefully move this process forward," said Ashton.

The October talks will be the first round of substantive negotiations on Iran's nuclear program since April.

Ashton said timetables were discussed.

“We were interested to see that they are all of an ambitious nature.  The question is how far you can go in three months or six months or 12 months.  And 12 months is a good time frame to think about some serious implementation on the ground.  But for me, what really matters now, is that we get down to the detail and actually work out what will happen, when it will happen, how we know it’s happened, how we move forward building confidence as we go to get to that point," she said.

World Powers, Iran Agree to Resume Nuclear Talksi
X
September 27, 2013 2:29 AM
Major powers have agreed with Iran to resume talks about its suspect nuclear program next month in Geneva.


Iran says its nuclear program is intended to produce nuclear energy for civilian use, but the international community worries Tehran is secretly trying to build nuclear bombs.

Thursday’s meeting was the highest-level direct contact between the United States and Iran in several years as Secretary of State John Kerry sat side-by-side with the Iranian foreign minister.  Although positive about the session, Secretary Kerry was cautious.

"Needless to say, one meeting and a change in tone - which was welcome - doesn’t answer those questions yet and there is a lot of work to be done.  So we will engage in that work, obviously, and we hope very, very much, all of us, that we can get concrete results that will answer the outstanding questions regarding the program," said Kerry.

Minister Zarif was also upbeat, saying the discussions were substantive and businesslike.

“We hope to be able to make progress towards resolving this issue in a timely fashion, based on respecting the rights of the Iranian people to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, including enrichment, and at the same time making sure that there is no concern at the international level that Iran’s nuclear program is anything but peaceful," said Zarif.

Minister Zarif said as the process moves forward, sanctions imposed against his country for its nuclear program must be lifted.

Speaking to an audience in New York Thursday evening, President Rouhani addressed the nuclear issue, saying his country is a peaceful one.

“But for the Islamic Republic of Iran, all its activities have been within the safeguards agreement and have continued to be, and will continue to be, under the supervision of the IAEA," said Rouhani.

Iranian officials are set to meet with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on Friday.

You May Like

FIFA Indictments Put Gold Cup Tournament Under Cloud

Experts say US indictments could lead to charges of other world soccer officials, and lead to major shakeup in sport's governance More

Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

At a recent even in Seoul, border communities promoted benefits of increased cooperation and North Korean defectors shared stories of life since the war More

Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Iraq President Vows to Fight IS 'Until They Are Killed or We Die'

In wide-ranging interview with VOA Persian service reporter, Fuad Masum describes conflict as new type of fight that will take time to win More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ajax from: Lessome
September 27, 2013 10:26 PM
Secretary of State, John Kerry must approach any negotiations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif with the utmost caution and skepticism. Iran's verbal overtures are contradicted by their actions as exemplified by its backing terrorists in Iraq and Lebanon and assisting Assad in his brutal murder of over 100,000 Syrians. They have yet to acknowledge Israel's right to exist and still seek its destruction. The international community should be extremely worried that Iran is seeking nuclear fuel outside of the approved avenues of low-enriched nuclear fuel rods, but is instead seeking raw mineral that it can enrich itself to weapon grade. Iran poses an even bigger threat, since its nuclear arms stockpile is thought to be the largest in the Middle East, with longer-range missiles currently in the planning stages. If Iran wants nuclear power for peaceful uses, it has to submit to inspection and buy fuel rods and not enrich its own. During the negotiations, Javad Zarif will demand massive sanctions relief, which he will receive from an anxious administration desperate to keep Iran from a nuke. Once the Iranian economy is stabilized and the oil starts flowing, Khamenei will give into his irresistible urge to break out to a weapon and test it. At that point, Khamenei and Rouhani will have achieved their objective of a nuclear armed Iran with a stable economy and regional dominance. Actions speak louder than words and so far Iran has merely engaged in rhetoric and nothing more. Pursuing a diplomatic solution with Iran is desirable, but we need to see Iran change its ways not just its words. Iran also needs to clean up its human rights record and halt the barbaric practice of public hangings, as well as reopen dissident news media and release political and religious prisoners. Iran also needs to halt its foreign adventures in supporting terror groups and smuggling arms in places like Syria. I am highly doubtful that this will occur given his long and loyal service to the regime as outlined on this site: www.haddan-rouhai.info. Economic sanctions can be quickly lifted if Iran’s leaders, especially Khamenei, took some of these steps, but I am not hopeful of such a change in direction, which is why these new sanctions are extremely important to keep the pressure on.

by: Dr. Stephenson from: Cambridge UK
September 27, 2013 7:40 AM
British Intelligence has known for years that Israel is one of the most powerful nuclear nations in the world - some estimates report back to the Nineteen Sixties - an arsenal that rivals that of the US and Russia in size, complexity and destructive power - it simply incomprehensible that Iran will risk a confrontation with Israel on this issue... yet, we would do well to recognize the apocalyptic nature of the Iranian theocracy and allow Israel the freedom to reassert Western parameters over Islamic barbarities.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 27, 2013 12:20 AM
It is welcome that Iran is going to accept inspections to their neclear installations. President Rouhani looks doing good jobs. However, I wonder if he has strong power enough to complete his would-be peaceful policies keeping away with his opponents including ex-president.

by: Tony Bellchambers from: London
September 26, 2013 2:48 PM
Iran is calling, responsibly, for a COMPLETE BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

The world should support this initiative without reservation in a bid to avoid a catastrophic war that would damage the global economy for billions of people.

The first step if for Israel to declare all its undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal.

The UK and the EU support a NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 26, 2013 1:09 PM
Rouhani said reaching a nuclear deal quickly could serve as a "beginning point" toward improving relations with Washington. Does this sound like Rouhani feels Washington is in dire need of Tehran and so is taunting Obama to expedite action to earn a relationship with Iran? Wonders shall never end. Once upon a time, all animals used to run away from the cock because they thought that the comb on its head was fire. They wondered if the cock could be that strong to carry fire on its head and not burnt, then it must be very powerful. But the cock wondered why the animals ran away from it and asked one of such excited animals who told him. He laughed, asked the animal to tough what he's carrying; "you see, it's not fire", it said. It happened that the animal it had revealed its secret to was the fox. You can bet that the cock did not go home that day with its head; and ever since, the fowl/cock is the best prey for the fox. I am not surprised that Iran is the one calling the shots now. Co0ngratulations Mr. Rouhani!

by: Tony Bellchamers from: London UK
September 26, 2013 12:20 PM
The current position of Iran has nothing whatsoever to do with the Holocaust in which 10 million Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals and disabled were exterminated by the Nazis over a half a century ago.

The situation regarding Iran today is about the efforts of the Israeli government to try to coerce the US into attacking Iran after first making it bankrupt by economic sanctions.

Iran has no nuclear weapons whilst Israel is estimated to be the third most powerful nuclear weapons state in the world after the US and Russia but whose arsenal of hundreds of warheads is completely outside the IAEA. Furthermore, Israel has refused to be a party to the CWC that bans the use of chemical weapons. One has to speculate as to why.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardshipi
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

VOA Blogs