News / Middle East

Progress Cited, but No Accord in Iran Nuclear Talks

No Iran Accord After Kerry Talksi
X
July 17, 2014 12:18 PM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has ended three days of talks with his Iranian counterpart without breaking the deadlock over the future of Iran's nuclear program. But lower level-talks will continue -- at least until a Sunday deadline to reach long-term agreement . VOA's Al Pessin reports from Vienna.

VIDEO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has ended three days of talks with his Iranian counterpart without breaking the deadlock over the future of Iran's nuclear program. But lower level-talks will continue. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Vienna.

Al Pessin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to Washington three days of talks with Iran in Vienna, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for extended negotiations if a deal with world powers is not achieved by the July 20 deadline.

Kerry said after the latest meeting on Iran's nuclear program Tuesday that diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers have made progress in talks, but "very real gaps remain" on key issues.

Zarif echoed Kerry's sentiments, noting "serious differences" but saying they have "made enough headway to tell our political bosses that this is a process worth continuing."

Both diplomats stressed that meeting a Sunday deadline is still possible. Kerry also said there is "no question" that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program.

"What we are trying to do is find a way for Iran to have an exclusively peaceful nuclear program while giving the world all the assurances required to know that Iran is not seeking a nuclear weapon," Kerry said. "I want to underscore: These goals are not incompatible. In fact, they are realistic. But we have not yet found the right combination or arrived at the workable formula."

During a break in talks, Zarif also described a willingness to continue seeking an accord.

"Iran has made a choice to engage," he said. "And we have shown in the last six months that, in spite of all the obstacles, we have lived up to our commitments. We are prepared to continue to do so and we have shown that we are a serious negotiating partner." 

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, appears to have complicated the issue, recently declaring that Iran needs to increase its enrichment capability nearly 20-fold.

In the United States, some members of Congress say they won't vote to lift sanctions unless Iran gives up its enrichment capability. So even if the negotiators can find compromises, it will likely be difficult to convince some leaders back home, says Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group.

"These negotiations are more informed by constraints of domestic politics than by real imperatives of national interest," Vaez said.

The United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany reached an interim agreement with Iran last year that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.  

They have since been working on getting assurances that Iran is not and will not seek nuclear weapons, while Iran wants the repeal of international sanctions that have hurt its economy. Iran has long maintained its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes like power generation and medical research.

The Associated Press pointed out that, without a pact on nuclear talks, the United States would have fewer chances to negotiate with the Islamic Republic on urgent Mideast issues such as sectarian fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Secretary Kerry said if there is no accord by Sunday, the United States will assess the progress, and the prospects for more, and then decide whether to agree to an extension.

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

China to Invest $20 billion In India Amid Border Dispute

Border spat between armies of two countries in Himalayas underlines mutual tensions despite growing commercial ties highlighted by Xi Jinping's high profile visit 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: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, Texas
July 16, 2014 7:21 AM
The realities of statecrft, art of state governance; so, it is the world policy that the nation states and we Americans do promulgate and practice .......... are very different from one another. Being a super power state on earth that we Americans do build by our efforts, dedications, sacrifices, vision and imaginatios.......... we do move our geopolitical strategies to make entire mankind safe. One world must endeavor to know the angularised mentality of short, truncated dimensions do not work in fulsome manner It is world collectivity of the top, brilliant brains of this world that do.

The same does happen in context of the Iranian nuclear issue. Lackdaisicality of many how world should know a specific issue. a very protracted problem that's anchored toward a meaningful solution. There is progress over the Vienna n- talks but no clear cut deal can be signed ....that means we do prepare omlettes without breaking eggs ..that has been the policies of our current govt. over the Iranian n - issue that one one world ....every intellectual does acknowledge.

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 9:13 PM
Seriuosly, dude, we are but simple peoples. Are you talking to Dennis Miller? He is funny as heck, but when he starts rambling-head-bobbling-with $50 words and expressions, I'm not sure to laugh or change the channel. But after reading your comment, I am just going to turn the TV off.


by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 3:06 AM
MEAN..BILL WITH THE STUPID AND RETARDED UNEQUAL TREATY BS AGAIN!!!! HAHAHA, I BET TO SAY, BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, ......"AND IN UNEQUAL TREATY'S NAME WE PRAY, AMEN."

Have you noticed that no one in VOA has ever agreed with your stupid and ridiculous unequal treaty garbage? I'm the only one who responds to your idiocracies! I'm your only friend. Come on over, pal, I'll make you a sandwich. Do you want it toasted? Help me out here, Meanbuddy? What can 1worldnowee do to make you say one nice thing about the USA? Just one nice thing, just one. I'll even throw in some Pringles, low sodium. What do ya say, huh?


by: JohnL
July 15, 2014 3:35 PM
The United States set a deadline and promised to greatly increase the sanctions if it was not met. Unfortunately the current administration has a reputation of not delivering on its threats and promises such that it can be safely ignored.

Without a doubt there will be waffling and extensions "because progress is being made" when the deadline arrives. The result will be a real problem for subsequent enemies of the United States when we elect a new President and return to not making threats and promises unless we mean them - we'll have to bury them so that they understand the current weakness is a one-time exception.



In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 3:09 AM
Now hold on a second, 1worldnow is here to defend Obama. He has done a lot, more than anyone knows. This is what Obama has done, since everyone wants to just hate on Obama: he has talked a lot about this, he has issued threats of sanctions, he has talked some more, he smiles for the cameras, he checks the polls, he talks some more, and......he likes to take selfies too. I don't see a problem with this guy at all.

NEITHER DOES IRAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


by: meanbill from: USA
July 15, 2014 1:36 PM
When dealing with the US on any agreement, you'd better double check, and triple check, any US agreement they want you to sign, and then double check, and triple check it, again? .... or you may end up signing an "Unequal Treaty" by misinterpreting a single letter or word, in the US final agreement? When the US got a "No Fly Zone" over Libya from the UN... and the US interpreted it as a UN right to kill Qaddafi and his family, and destroy Libya? ... So beware, that there isn't any language in any agreement you sign with the US, that could possibly be interpreted as anything that would allow any sanctions, embargos, or attacks on your country, under any circumstances...... REMEMBER Qaddafi, when signing?


by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, Texas
July 15, 2014 1:18 PM
Over the Iranian nuclear row, there do remain a lot of ambiguities from reaching out a consesusnal conclusion so far despite the repeated constructive dialouge process several times. P5 plus Germany v/s Iran to conclude over the n - imbroglio still remains inconclusive. Both the sides do fail to abridge the gap so far as if there there does remain a high voltage cable wire; if, that is to be cut onto its core metal, that high voltage would burn them. The Iranian side should be praised as they do still defend their n - enrichment program in defiance against P5 plus our friendly state Germany despite a number of economic sanctions on behalf of our friendly states of the EU and ours as well. Stinging diplomacies are necessary to have the right breakthrough, not this sort of moderate policies that do go on still.

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 2:54 AM
Hey Texas, can you please pretend like you are talking to a bunch of construction workers at a barbecue? Man, your $50 words and expressions leaves me with a bunch of "?????". Who are you speaking to?

But as far as I can decipher your comment, diplomacy is the reason the world is falling apart today!!!!! All our world leaders just talk and talk and threaten. Oh, and smile for the cameras.


by: michael from: nigeria
July 15, 2014 11:44 AM
Iran that suplied terrorrist with modern weapon should not be allow to build neuclear bomb because i know that it will end up on terrorrist;s hand

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 2:49 AM
Hello Nigerian! Nice that you are concerned about nuclear weapons ending up in terrorists' hands. Did you know that your little girls ended up in terrorists' hands, Boko Haram? Ever hear of them? I have posted comments on every story concerning your little girls. I haven't seen one comment from any Nigerian, except for commants about issues around the world. But what I have noticed more than ever, is the vast amounts of fake lottery scams that are from Nigerians. Tell me, Mr Nigeria, do people really fall for those scams. I get one's that are from the FBI: "you have to send $98 via Western Union to Nigeria, or you will be arrested." Really? Or the fake Barristers with inheritances in the $millions, just send the processing fees, to Nigeria via Western Union, and I will receive my millions! Really? But you are concerned about Israel and the survival of Israel, or if Iran gets a nuclear bomb, but nothing about your precious little girls. Michael, do you even care?

Anyone reading this, go to the Africa section, and read every story about the Nigerian girls, and about Malala (Pakistani girl shot in the head, survived) trying to help get these girls back. See how many Nigerians posts comments there.

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