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US: Iran Serious About Nuclear Negotiations

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) at talks between the foreign ministers of the six powers negotiating with Tehran on its nuclear program in Vienna, July 13, 2014.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) at talks between the foreign ministers of the six powers negotiating with Tehran on its nuclear program in Vienna, July 13, 2014.
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The United States says Iran is negotiating in a serious manner over its nuclear development program, but any agreement is likely to come after a Sunday deadline.

Negotiations in Vienna between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are still reported far apart on key issues.

Senior officials at the meeting say the size of Iran's future enrichment program remains a question. Also, they say Iran has yet to convince the U.S. it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons.

The White House on Monday left the door open to extend the talks, saying Kerry would make recommendations to President Barack Obama on how to proceed.

Kerry on Sunday said "significant gaps" remain before a deal can be reached between Iran and the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. An interim deal for Iran to curb its nuclear enrichment program in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions expires next Sunday.

If the deadline passes without an agreement, it would end a temporary agreement that has successfully curbed certain aspects of Iran's nuclear development program in exchange for an easing of Western economic sanctions.

Iran says its enrichment activities are aimed at producing reactor fuel, while the United States and other Western governments fear Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weaponry. The Iranian government has repeatedly denied those accusations.

Iran and the six other countries have been negotiating for months trying to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.  In return, Iran wants the full repeal of international economic sanctions.

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by: king midas from: canada
July 14, 2014 9:32 PM
I think another country in the middle east should be allowed to have nuclear capabilities to balance Israel or one day the US will have to rein in Israel right wing in an terrible way

by: MKHattib from: USA
July 14, 2014 8:01 PM
Iran will not relinquish its desire to not only expand its refining capacity, but also improve it with next generation centrifuges. While the West wants Iran to downsize from its current 19,000 centrifuge level, Iran has staunchly stated its desire to expand with another 30,000 new centrifuges. Iran can live with most other concessions, because so long as it preserves it refining capacity, it still retains the ability to generate large amounts of weapons grade material quickly. Ultimately this is going to be the Achilles heel of these negotiations and rightly so. As long as Iran stays on this path, the West should resist and not conclude this agreement.

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