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November 20, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
GENEVA -- International negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday, with the U.S. team under growing pressure to deliver an interim deal as soon as possible. Ten days after the last round broke off just short of the finish line, the Americans joined representatives of five other world powers and Iran in talks that are scheduled to run at least through Friday. The six world powers met among themselves Wednesday morning, and were scheduled to meet with the Iranian team later Wednesday or Thursday following a lunch between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the world powers.
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February 20, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Ramin Mostaghim
BEIRUT -- High-level talks concerning the future of Iran's controversial nuclear program got off to a “good start” during a three-day opening session in Vienna, participants said Thursday, though there were no major breakthroughs. “We had three fruitful and extensive working days and both sides have the feeling that it was a good start for the difficult task we have ahead,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in Vienna, reported Tehran's official Press TV. Similar upbeat comments came from Catherine Ashton, the European Community's foreign policy chief.
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February 17, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed deep skepticism Monday about the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers, even as Tehran's delegation headed to Vienna for the potentially decisive talks. The nuclear session will “lead nowhere,” Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state here, declared in remarks carried in official media. The supreme leader nonetheless signaled his support for the initiative, the foreign policy centerpiece of President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last August.
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February 17, 2014 | By Paul Richter
  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - As they prepared to resume nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. officials insisted that a surge in Iranian oil sales and talk of big Iran-Russia petroleum deals posed no threat to the oil sanctions program on Iran. A senior U.S. official told reporters Monday evening in Vienna that the negotiations on a deal curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions would be a “complicated, difficult and lengthy process.” Like Iranian officials , the U.S. official said obstacles to a deal were substantial and chances of success not high.
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November 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA -- Iran appeared Thursday to be stiffening its demands in international negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program, even as other signs suggested that the seven countries at the bargaining table might be close to a deal. Abbas Araqchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said the Tehran regime demanded that world powers begin easing oil and banking sanctions quickly as part of the preliminary deal that has been under discussion for the past five weeks. He also said in an interview with the government-controlled Iran Student News Agency that Iran wanted the six world powers to recognize in the first-phase deal Iran's entitlement to enrich uranium.
WORLD
April 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pressed Iran to respond to the latest bid by six world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program, warning that the United States and its allies may step up sanctions and suspend diplomacy if Iran does not provide a “substantive and concrete” response during negotiations this week in Almaty, Kazakhstan. A senior administration official told reporters Wednesday that Iranian officials have said they were pleased by the offer presented during the last round of talks in Almaty, on Feb. 26, but they have so far given no indication that they will provide a counteroffer in meetings scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
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November 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure of weekend talks to seal a preliminary deal to limit Tehran's nuclear program. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, visiting Abu Dhabi to strengthen its support for the nuclear diplomacy, insisted that it was Tehran, not the French, whose last-minute objections stalled a deal that diplomats hoped would open the way to a comprehensive settlement of the Iran nuclear issue after a decade of stalemate.
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December 5, 2010 | By Ray Takeyh
After months of negotiating over venue, agenda and the size of the table, Iran and the United States are once more set to resume their dialogue. The Islamic Republic's diplomacy is a delicate balancing act between competing and contradictory objectives. The regime's regional ambitions require nuclear weapons, and yet its predicament necessitates nuclear negotiations. To manage this paradox, Iran will seek a protracted diplomatic process that may involve some modest concessions but avoids a larger nuclear settlement.
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June 29, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Iran set tough terms Monday for the resumption of nuclear talks, vowing to punish world powers for imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that stalled talks could continue only if the United States, Russia, China and Western Europe included other countries in the discussions, clarified their stance on Israel's undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal, submitted to the rules of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and specified whether the talks would be friendly or hostile.
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September 21, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he saw a "good chance" that talks could soon resume with the United States and its allies over Iran's disputed nuclear program because "there is no other alternative. " Ahmadinejad, visiting New York to take part in United Nations General Assembly meetings, denied that Iran had been hurt by economic sanctions imposed in the last three months to pressure Tehran to dramatically alter its nuclear program. He also dismissed talk of a possible attack to destroy Iran's nuclear installations as no more than "psychological warfare.
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February 17, 2014 | By Paul Richter
JAKARTA, Indonesia - U.S. diplomats preparing for a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran this week are pondering an important question: How can they make the Iranians feel like the winners? The U.S. team and diplomats from five other nations sit down with Iran on Tuesday in Vienna to begin bargaining on what could be a historic agreement to prevent the Islamic Republic from gaining a bomb-making capability. An atmosphere of high anticipation surrounds the talks, which are expected to continue for six months to a year, and possibly longer.
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February 17, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed deep skepticism Monday about the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers, even as Tehran's delegation headed to Vienna for the potentially decisive talks. The nuclear session will “lead nowhere,” Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state here, declared in remarks carried in official media. The supreme leader nonetheless signaled his support for the initiative, the foreign policy centerpiece of President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last August.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- The chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for direct talks with the United States on nuclear issues, a possible sign from the supreme leader that he is amenable to ending the animosity that has defined relations with Washington for 34 years. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been the target of fierce criticism by political and religious hard-liners since he helped broker a deal with the United States and five other Western powers last month that will put Iranian high-level enrichment of uranium on hold for at least six months.
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December 18, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Three weeks after President Obama hailed a landmark deal to suspend most of Iran's nuclear program for the next six months, the mood among U.S. officials about the next round of negotiations has shifted from elated to somber, even gloomy. "I wouldn't say [chances of success are] more than 50-50," Obama said last week. U.S. officials are "very skeptical" that Iran will accept Western demands, said his lead negotiator, Wendy R. Sherman. The shift, officials say, is the result of a growing recognition of the compromises each side must make to resolve the decade-old impasse over Western suspicion that Iran will someday try to build nuclear weapons and the Iranian demand that the sanctions crippling its economy be lifted.
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November 22, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA - Secretary of State John F. Kerry prepared to leave Washington late Friday to join international talks on Iran, in the latest sign that a preliminary deal to curb Tehran's controversial nuclear program may be nearly complete. As diplomats claimed progress in smoothing final issues, the State Department announced that Kerry would head to Switzerland “with the goal of continuing to narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement.” Diplomats insisted that some final issues remained unresolved.
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November 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA -- Iran appeared Thursday to be stiffening its demands in international negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program, even as other signs suggested that the seven countries at the bargaining table might be close to a deal. Abbas Araqchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said the Tehran regime demanded that world powers begin easing oil and banking sanctions quickly as part of the preliminary deal that has been under discussion for the past five weeks. He also said in an interview with the government-controlled Iran Student News Agency that Iran wanted the six world powers to recognize in the first-phase deal Iran's entitlement to enrich uranium.
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June 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said four hours of talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator were "constructive" and he hoped for another round in three weeks. The Iranian negotiator, Ali Larijani, said the meeting was good, and that Tehran wanted to settle its nuclear dispute with the West through diplomacy. He warned, however, that further United Nations sanctions over Iran's nuclear program could derail talks.
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February 17, 2014 | By Paul Richter
  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - As they prepared to resume nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. officials insisted that a surge in Iranian oil sales and talk of big Iran-Russia petroleum deals posed no threat to the oil sanctions program on Iran. A senior U.S. official told reporters Monday evening in Vienna that the negotiations on a deal curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions would be a “complicated, difficult and lengthy process.” Like Iranian officials , the U.S. official said obstacles to a deal were substantial and chances of success not high.
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November 20, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - As Iran and world powers sat down Wednesday for a fresh round of nuclear talks in Geneva, Iran's supreme leader warned that the Islamic Republic would not back down on its resolve to pursue nuclear energy. “We do insist that we will not step back one iota from our rights,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at a nationally televised speech to members of the Basij force, an ultra-loyal paramilitary organization. “The Iranian nation will not surrender under pressure from anyone,” declared Khamenei, who vowed that Iranians would “slap the aggressors in the face in a way they will not forget.” Khamenei also expressed support for Iran's negotiating team in Geneva and the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, who has sought an easing of long-strained relations with the West since assuming office in August.
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November 20, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
GENEVA -- International negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday, with the U.S. team under growing pressure to deliver an interim deal as soon as possible. Ten days after the last round broke off just short of the finish line, the Americans joined representatives of five other world powers and Iran in talks that are scheduled to run at least through Friday. The six world powers met among themselves Wednesday morning, and were scheduled to meet with the Iranian team later Wednesday or Thursday following a lunch between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the world powers.
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