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Obama Urges Iran to Seize Opportunity of Nuclear Talks

President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama.
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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.

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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.

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