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IAEA: Iran Asks for Nuclear Talks Postponement

Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Nov. 28, 2013.
Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Nov. 28, 2013.
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The U.N. nuclear agency says talks with Iran on Tehran's nuclear program have been postponed until February 8.
 
The International Atomic Energy Agency says the delay was granted at Tehran's request, but the agency did not say what motivated the request.
 
Talks were originally scheduled for January 21, a day after Iran and world powers are set to begin implementation of an interim nuclear pact reached in November.
 
That deal calls for Iran to limit its uranium enrichment, which the West says was aimed at building nuclear weapons. In exchange, the United States and European Union agreed to ease economic sanctions on Tehran.
 
The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency wants Iran to provide guarantees of transparency about its nuclear program, and information about alleged past attempts to develop atomic weapons.
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the November deal meant the world has given into Iran's demands.
 
"The Geneva agreement means the wall of sanctions has broken," he said. "The unfair sanctions were imposed on the revered and peace-loving Iranian nation."
 
The six world powers that negotiated the interim pact — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — are holding separate negotiations with Iran on reaching a permanent agreement.

According to Reuters report that cites Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said, "U.N. inspectors will travel to Iran on Saturday 'to implement the first step' of the accord."
 
Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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by: Sunny Enwerem from: Abeokuta Nigeria
January 14, 2014 11:32 PM
Without a military option on the table to strike Iran's facilities when noted to deviated from the agreement reached by the P5 + 1 members I don't personally see a life or long time solution to Iran's hidden agenda.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
January 14, 2014 12:58 PM
Iran wants more time to achieve what? That Rouhani says the UN has given in to Iran's demands means he recognizes the weakness of the body that has capitulated. It is a sign that the body has lost focus of its mandate and needs to be disbanded and reconstituted. Presently only one country qualifies out of the six (that includes Germany) to be called world power. The rest, floundering like a drowning person that will cling straw, have no business being in the UN permanent security council, for they have forgotten what their mandate is. Bidding for more time without stated reason means Iran is making mockery of the sanctions negotiations; it wants to reveal that the so-called P5+1 has lost its focus and forgotten its mandate, and so reveals it is no longer relevant. But whether or not they perform their mandate creditably, the watch word is NEVER AGAIN! How I wish...!

by: Prof, Dan B. from: UK
January 14, 2014 12:53 PM
its only if you really do not want to know, could you be persuaded that Iran nuclear program is for peaceful purposes... and, unfortunately, we have some useful idiots in the Media (bought and paid for by Saudi Arabia - ironically) who would rather not see the obvious... either way, confrontation with Iran deceitful malevolence is bound to happen sooner or later... either Israel will save the world of incompetent fools or the US will reassert its leadership position.
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by: cvm 76 from: USA
January 14, 2014 2:32 PM
I agree, Israel is the only credible force that might prevent the Arab world descending into Islamic nuclear exchange. I don't trust the Saudis to do much... even with their unrestricted petrodollars, they are as corrupt as the Iranians. And as to the US... well, he isn't American, he doesn't look American, and he sympathized with the Muslim Brotherhood which is another Nazi organization... what is happening in Egypt today should have happened in Germany in 1936 against the Nazis...

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