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May 24, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD — Hopes for quick progress on Iran's disputed nuclear program faded rapidly Wednesday, as diplomats from six world powers and Iran collided bitterly in daylong talks intended to resolve their long-standing differences over an effort many nations fear is aimed at building a nuclear bomb. In their second high-level meeting in as many months, representatives of the two sides offered packages of proposals designed to open a path to what is expected to be a long and difficult negotiation.
January 23, 2011 | By Julia Damianova, Los Angeles Times
A high-stakes international standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions came no closer a resolution Saturday as the latest round of talks aimed at curtailing the controversial program ended in failure in Turkey. The two-day meeting in Istanbul between Iran and six world powers was in effect stalled from the very start, with Tehran insisting that it has the right to continue enriching uranium and demanding an end to United Nations sanctions. The United States and its allies believe that Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons.
January 16, 2010
This week's indictment of three Glendale men for allegedly smuggling vacuum pumps and other industrial equipment to Iran via the United Arab Emirates is the latest reminder of how easily and frequently U.S. trade sanctions against Tehran have been violated. The charges were reported as the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany prepared to meet in New York today to discuss tougher economic measures for pressing Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program. Often called "the liberal alternative" to war, economic sanctions have long been favored by world powers over military action to achieve their foreign policy goals, and the Obama administration sees sanctions as the logical response to Iran's failure to accept an offer to ship its uranium stockpile to France and Russia for conversion into nuclear fuel there.
April 12, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The stakes will be high when diplomats from six world powers meet with Iranian officials here over the weekend to discuss the Islamic Republic's nuclear program: War or peace, the global economic recovery and a U.S. presidential election may ride on the outcome. Expectations are much lower. It will be enough for the diplomats if there is sufficient common ground with Iran to keep talking. As recently as a week ago, there were doubts that the long-delayed talks would even take place.
June 19, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Iran on Monday offered up a blistering critique of a proposal by six world powers to rein in its nuclear program, marking the latest setback in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict. In Iran's first detailed analysis of the proposal, the nation's chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, ticked off a list of objections in a five-hour negotiating session at a Moscow hotel and expounded at length about Tehran's grievances with the West, dating back to at least 1968.
July 1, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The United States and other world powers meeting Saturday in Geneva threw their weight behind a United Nations-brokered plan for a transitional government for Syria, but the move appeared to raise more questions than it answered. Chief among them: What about Syrian President Bashar Assad? Russia has rejected the U.S. insistence that Assad go, and the new transitional plan doesn't appear to have resolved their fundamental disagreement. Beyond the new proposal, the "action group" of nations vowed to launch a fresh diplomatic effort aimed at reviving a U.N.-brokered peace deal that is now in tatters.
November 27, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Julia Damianova
In unusually direct language, the outgoing chief of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency on Thursday took Tehran to task for failing to resolve unanswered questions about its nuclear program and lamented a "dead end" in resolving the standoff between the Islamic Republic and world powers. Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said world powers had made no progress over the last year in settling concerns about Iran's nuclear program, which the West worries is meant to ultimately produce weapons but Tehran insists is for civilian purposes only.
December 12, 2009 | By Paul Richter
The Obama administration signaled its intention Friday to push for new sanctions against Iran, warning that tough new measures are likely now and urging reluctant nations not to circumvent them. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is visiting Iraq, said world powers soon would agree on "significant additional sanctions." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile, warned in Washington that Latin American countries, in particular, will face "consequences" if they "flirt" with the Islamic Republic.
August 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran announced that it has tested a new weapon capable of sinking ships nearly 200 miles away, and reiterated threats to close a strategic waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if attacked. Up to 40% of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage along Iran's southern coast. If Tehran shut down tanker traffic there, oil prices could be expected to skyrocket. The warnings came two days after a deadline expired for Iran to respond to incentives from six world powers, offered in exchange for a promise to curb its uranium enrichment.
February 27, 2013 | By Paul Richter, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - Six world powers won Iran's promise for further negotiations over its disputed nuclear program after easing their demands for curbs on an effort they fear is aimed at giving Tehran the ability to make a bomb. After the final sessions of two-day talks in Almaty, the Kazakh capital, Iran agreed to lower-level meeting next month in Istanbul and another high-level meeting in early April back in Kazakhstan. Saeed Jalili, the usually harsh top Iranian negotiator, praised the six powers for what he described as movement toward the Iranian position.
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