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June 18, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Iran on Monday offered up a blistering critique of a proposal by six world powers to rein in Tehran's nuclear program, marking another setback in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the dispute. In its first detailed analysis of the proposal, Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili enumerated a lengthy list of objections in a five-hour negotiating session at a Moscow hotel and expounded at length about Iran's grievances with the West dating back to 1968. The meeting, the third this year between Iran and the six powers, “was intense, it was tough,” said Michael Mann, a spokesman for the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.
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April 11, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Protesters at a boisterous rally after Friday prayers demanded that Iran retain its nuclear “rights,” as the public voiced its displeasure with the lack of concrete results from ongoing negotiations with world powers. Echoing earlier comments from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, the protesters vowed that Iran would not shut down its nuclear program or relinquish its uranium enrichment capabilities. “Full nuclear cycle is our inalienable right!” chanted the protesters, who expressed fear that Iran's leadership would cave in to demands from the six world powers to dismantle the nation's nuclear program.
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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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April 9, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - Negotiators for Iran and six world powers said Wednesday that they have completed preliminary discussions on Iran's disputed nuclear program and are dashing to finish a long-term comprehensive agreement by July 20. Wrapping up two days of talks in Vienna, the negotiators said they would meet next month to draft a final deal in hope of reaching an accord before the midsummer deadline. The results are hardly assured because the process will entail difficult decisions on a number of contentious issues.
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February 11, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and David Pierson
BEIJING -- North Korea appeared to conduct a nuclear test Tuesday in defiance of world powers, South Korean officials said, following through on the provocative step after weeks of threats. South Korea said it had detected a man-made seismic event across its northern border. “South Korean National Weather Service confirmed an artificial earthquake of 4.9 magnitude,” said Kim Min-seok, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry. Kim said the blast was measured at 6 to 7 kilotons.
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February 5, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Six world powers and Iran agreed to hold talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program this month in Kazakhstan in the latest attempt to avoid a military confrontation over the issue. After three months of negotiations, Iran's national security council reached agreement with the office of the European Union's foreign policy chief and point person for the six world powers, Catherine Ashton, for a meeting Feb. 26. The six nations - Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain and the United States - have been urging Iran to accept limits on a nuclear program that many countries fear is aimed at developing a weapon.
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February 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Six world powers floated a modestly improved proposal to Iran on Tuesday as talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program resumed after an eight-month hiatus, with little expectation of a breakthrough. Opening a two-day session in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the so-called P5-plus-1 group offered to slightly ease economic sanctions if Tehran halts production of near-weapons-grade uranium fuel. The powers - China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States - fear Iran is seeking the ability to make bombs, an intent it denies.
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October 21, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
The head of the world's atomic energy watchdog said Iran and world powers have until Friday to approve a proposed deal to transfer most of Iran's nuclear material abroad to be reformatted for medical purposes. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei disclosed no details about the draft deal, hammered out over 2 1/2 days of talks between Iranian, American, French and Russian diplomats in Vienna. But he said that it reflected a "balanced approach" that would help Iran fuel a medical research reactor for diagnosing and treating cancer while building confidence to resolve long-standing suspicions about the nature of Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
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November 7, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Iran and six world powers appeared to close in on a preliminary agreement in Geneva on Thursday that would begin to limit Tehran's nuclear development after a decade of frustrating negotiations, according to diplomats. They said the proposed framework agreement, which could still falter, would require Iran to halt at least some enrichment activities in exchange for partial easing of economic sanctions. They described the expected accord as a significant first step intended to buy six months and perhaps longer to pursue a comprehensive final agreement.
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April 11, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the city where the current peace process was born 11 years ago, a quartet of world powers called Wednesday for an immediate end to Israel's military operation in the West Bank and for both Israelis and Palestinians to stop "this senseless confrontation."
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April 7, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter
TEHRAN - When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal in the United States and the Middle East said much the same thing, warning that it would rapidly erode the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. It hasn't worked out that way. More than four months into the deal, many Iranians think the interim accord has done little to help them.
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March 12, 2014 | By Henry Chu
KIEV, Ukraine - For all its moral outrage and vows never to be partitioned, this country has become almost a bystander to the struggle over its future. With Russian forces looming over a disputed vote on secession in Crimea, it's increasingly clear that what happens to Ukraine will be decided not here in its capital, Kiev, but in Moscow, Washington and Brussels, the real power brokers in Europe's worst geopolitical crisis this century. By itself, Ukraine lacks the political, economic and military clout to take on its giant neighbor to the east.
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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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January 25, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Last year he took New York by storm. This week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continued his charm offensive at the world's most high-profile economic summit in Davos, Switzerland. At the ritzy Alpine resort, the Iranian leader delivered a clear message: Iran is open for business. Rouhani touted investment opportunities in Iran, met with European oil executives and stressed Tehran's desire to conclude a nuclear accord with world powers that could lift international sanctions.
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November 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Long-delayed peace talks designed to end the bloody conflict in Syria will be held on Jan. 22 in Geneva, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday. The so-called Geneva  2 negotiations -- sponsored by the United States and Russia -- would mark the first time that Syrian government and opposition representatives will come together in an effort to negotiate an end to the 32-month-old civil war. “The conflict in Syria has raged for too long,” a U.N. spokesman said in a statement.
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May 3, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
World powers agreed Friday to try to bring Iran to the nuclear bargaining table with a repackaged set of incentives to accompany the possibility of new sanctions. Diplomats said the offer was meant to remind Tehran that talks were still an option. Although the new offer contained only a few sweeteners, diplomats in Washington said they hoped it would be enough to elicit a fresh look at a time when economic sanctions appeared to be exacting a greater toll on Iran. A Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with protocol, said the offer was a "slightly refreshed and updated version."
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November 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter
GENEVA - Iran appeared Thursday to be stiffening its demands in negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program, even amid signs that the seven countries at the bargaining table might be close to a deal. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran demanded that world powers begin easing oil and banking sanctions quickly as part of the preliminary deal that has been under discussion for five weeks. He also said Iran wanted the six world powers at the talks to recognize what Tehran sees as its entitlement to enrich uranium.
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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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