News / Middle East

Obama Urges Iran to Seize Opportunity of Nuclear Talks

President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama.
VOA News
U.S. President Barack Obama is urging Iran to seize the opportunity offered by nuclear talks with world powers to end the country's economic isolation and forge a new relationship with the United States.

Obama spoke about his hopes in a video message addressed to the people and leaders of Iran to mark the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

He said Iran's willingness to reach a comprehensive deal on the nuclear issue will help alleviate the economic hardships Iranians have been experiencing in recent years.

The president said there is a chance to reach an agreement if Iran takes "meaningful and verifiable steps" to assure the world its nuclear program is for only peaceful purposes.

A group comprising the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany is trying to reach a permanent deal that would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Last year, those six world powers and Iran reached an interim deal for Iran to curb most of its sensitive nuclear activity in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

On Wednesday, negotiators for Iran and the six world powers adjourned what they called "substantive and useful" talks on Iran's nuclear program and said they will resume on April 7 in Vienna.

The West suspects Iran intends to use its uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons, which Iran has repeatedly denied.

You May Like

Polls Open in Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: USMC from: USA
March 21, 2014 1:04 AM
let me tell you something... I LIKE OBAMA...!!! why, because he doesn't trust the British - these treacherous incestuous deformities. Take back your lying degenerate Churchill and shove him up your ass.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
March 20, 2014 2:25 PM
Mr. Obama launched out to his primary constituency in Iran to embrace peace with USA. not anything new, after all that's all that might give him a diplomatic breakthrough to shore up his external rating - unfortunately within the muslim communities only. With all the threat of sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, how do the rest of the powers intend to move forward with Iran? Could that be the reason for a long adjournment after a 'substantive and useful' negotiation that resulted to nothing? Surely a number of issues are going to suffer with the unguarded, indiscreet, undiplomatic and cheap mistakes flourishing from USA and Europe to castigate Russia. Syria civil war, Iran nuclear negotiation, the Middle East peace initiative, and even the North Korean nuclear/missile saga are all going to benefit negatively from Russia's "isolation" by the West, though I know that it will hardly scratch the main reins at the Kremlin. If the West understands what it's going to lose sidelining Russia, I think president Obama's and PM Cameron's overtures to Iran can only create laughable after-dinner jokes out there if Russia becomes effectively non-plus (awkward, wild, ferocious) to respond.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid