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.
November 20, 2013 |
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.
November 11, 2013 |
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.
December 5, 2010 |
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.
June 29, 2010 |
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.
September 21, 2010 |
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.