News / Middle East

Iran, World Powers to Meet Again on Nuclear Stalemate

Iran, World Powers to Meet Again on Nuclear Stalematei
X
April 04, 2013 1:05 AM
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, are heading back Friday to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for talks with Iran over its nuclear program. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports on the hope for some progress.

Iran, World Powers to Meet Again on Nuclear Stalemate

TEXT SIZE - +
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, are heading back Friday to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for talks with Iran over its nuclear program. 

As the West and Israel say Iran is creeping closer to being able to produce a nuclear weapon, Western officials hope Tehran will react positively to their latest offer.  

The question -- as negotiators prepare to face off again this week -- just how much is Iran willing to give?

"I remain always cautiously optimistic. But I am also very clear that it is very important that we do get a response [from Iran],'' said European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
 
During the first round of talks in Almaty, in February, the so-called P5+1 offered the possibility of easing some international sanctions.  In return, Iran would have to suspend enrichment of high-grade uranium which could be used in an atomic bomb.

"They have an ability to rejoin the community of nations, to get out from under this isolation," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry:

“Let’s hope that they put something on the table that is more realistic than the plan that they submitted last summer when they asked for everything and offered very, very little,” said analyst Mark Fitzpatrick, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, who notes that the Iranians have balked before.

Western officials have been quick to make clear Tehran has only so much room to maneuver -- an idea reaffirmed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

"All options are on the table.  We will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting the world's worst weapons," Obama said.

At last month's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh signaled Tehran may only be willing to go so far.

"We are committed to continue our dialogue with the IAEA and this commitment has been unwavering, but at the same time we cannot give a blank check for our national security. No country would give a blank check," Soltanieh said.

Also potentially affecting the upcoming talks -- and Iran's strategy -- is the renewed saber-rattling from North Korea, threatening to "settle accounts" with the U.S.  

“Just because it’s a reminder that the Iranians may be disagreeable in various aspects of their regime, they may be very difficult negotiators but in comparison with the North Koreans this is a very rational and manageable process,” said Greg Thielmann, who is with the Arms Control Association.

Many analysts say the most that can be hoped for with Iran is yet more talks, though that will likely have to wait until after Iran's June elections.

Jeff Seldin

Jeff works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters covering a wide variety of subjects, from the nature of the growing terror threat in Northern Africa to China’s crackdown on Tibet and the struggle over immigration reform in the United States. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jseldin or on Google Plus.

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Michael from: USA
April 04, 2013 9:34 AM
Tehran needs a new policy that resolves the nuclear question once and for all. We in America dare say that this would be the hope of the Iranian people


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 04, 2013 8:56 AM
Talks and more talks, has Iran been idly waiting for the outcome of these talks, or have they been doing something on the nuclear program? If they have been doing something, what is it? These talks only lead to Iran becoming a nuclear power before the world, USA and Israel can do anything about it. The US will be held accountable for it all - that;s for sure, even though it will still the US that will start after Iran trading everything trade-able with Iran to restrain them from using the nuclear warhead once they are produced. Ahmadinejad wants to leave this legacy, and he leaves in about two months. What a dangerous delay!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid