Iran Nuclear Talks Miss Deadline, Extended Another Day
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) - Six world powers and Iran missed
a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran's nuclear
program, extending talks into an extra day as they edged toward a deal but
failed to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions.
The negotiators ended talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne in the early hours
of Wednesday and said they would reconvene later in the day, with Iran and
Russia expressing optimism that an initial agreement was within reach.
The preliminary deal is a major milestone toward a final accord, with an
end-June deadline, that could end the 12-year-old standoff and reduce the risk
of another Middle East war.
With Iran asserting its "nuclear rights" and the United States
threatening on Tuesday to abandon the negotiations, the talks have been bogged down
on the issues of nuclear research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their
restoration if Iran breaches the agreement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said negotiators had reached a
general accord on "all key aspects," according to Russia's TASS news
agency, while his Iranian counterpart said a draft agreement could be prepared
But a diplomat close to the talks denied that such an agreement had been
reached, and a French official said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was leaving
the talks and would return from France when it was "useful."
It was not clear whether Fabius' departure was a sign of a major problem in
The six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and
China - aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in
exchange for easing international sanctions that are crippling its economy.
Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.
The U.S. administration of President Barack Obama had committed to meeting a
March 31 deadline for the outline political accord.
Negotiators have a tentative agreement on the rough outline of a possible
public statement on the progress they have made so far that would also
highlight areas of disagreement, diplomats close to the talks said. But they have
not agreed on all the key details central to a political framework that would
form the basis of a future nuclear agreement, the diplomats said.
Parts of any understanding reached by the parties will likely remain
confidential for the foreseeable future.
Failure to agree a detailed preliminary accord would add to skepticism in
the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress over an emerging deal. Congress has
warned it will consider imposing new sanctions on Iran if there is no agreement
this week, giving an added sense of urgency to the talks.
A Democrat, Obama has threatened to veto any sanctions moves by the
RUSSIA SAYS KEY DETAILS AGREED
Officials cautioned that any accord would be fragile and incomplete, but the
U.S. State Department gave the go-ahead for talks to go past a self-imposed
Lavrov was quoted by TASS as saying that the possible agreement included the
International Atomic Energy Agency's control over Tehran's nuclear program as
well as steps to lift sanctions. He added experts would work out technical
details by end-June.
"One can say with enough confidence that (foreign) ministers have
reached a general agreement on all key aspects of a final settlement to this
issue," he said. "It will be put down in writing over the next few
hours, maybe during the day."
The State Department said earlier in a statement that while enough progress
had been made to extend the talks into Wednesday, "there are several
difficult issues still remaining."
A senior Iranian negotiator said Tehran was willing to negotiate until the
deadlock was resolved.
"Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal,
and a final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation's nuclear rights,"
the negotiator, Hamid Baidinejad, told reporters.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in Washington that U.S. negotiators
would not wait until June 30 to walk away from the talks if they could not
reach a preliminary political agreement.
"If we're not able to reach a political agreement, then we're not going
to wait ... until June 30 to walk away," he said.
Speaking in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President
Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal than a bad deal.
An agreement would almost certainly lift sanctions only in stages, deferring
even a partial return of Iranian crude exports until at least 2016.
Sanctions have halved Iran's oil exports to just over 1 million barrels per
day since 2012 when oil and financial sanctions hit Iran. Brent crude dropped
towards $55 a barrel on Tuesday as negotiations proceeded.
Officials from both sides said the main sticking points were the removal of
the U.N. sanctions, their reversibility and Iranian demands for the right to
unfettered research and development into advanced nuclear centrifuges after the
first 10 years of the agreement expires.
Officials said Iran was still demanding the lifting of all U.N. sanctions
and that they not be automatically reinstated without further negotiations.
Officials have said Britain, France and the United States want any removal of
U.N. sanctions to be automatically reversible, but the Russians dislike this
because it would weaken their veto power over the deal.
The six powers want more than a 10-year suspension of Iran's most sensitive
nuclear work. Their goal is to find a way to ensure that for at least the next
10 years Iran is at least one year away from being able to produce enough
fissile material for an atomic weapon.
Iran said the main issue was lifting sanctions quickly. "There will be
no agreement if the sanctions issue cannot be resolved," Majid
Takhteravanchi, an Iranian negotiator, told Iran's Pars news agency.
In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel's concern
that an agreement would fall short of guaranteeing its safety.
The framework agreement would leave Iran with the capability to develop a
nuclear weapon in under a year, said Netanyahu, whose country is believed to
have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal. (Additional reporting by Stephanie
Nebehay; Writing by Stuart Grudgings; Editing by Howard Goller)
I suppose, more time to
round up negotiating and the trust between the nations with the Iran is
However with one
major of bone of contention in the round up would be is Israel’s unwanted interference.
In addition, Israel’s
ugly butt in middle of the talk to turn the table in its favor intentionally is
nothing but to damage the entire negotiation. Because of its hate for US
foreign policy which he dares to think he would run it best to go to war with his ass
leakers Republican Party Zionist’s Penis suckers Party.
There is a feeling
among the analysts that if US could be desisted from the talk then it would
manage to get in back its trust after the present President leaves office, and whoever
might comes to power in particular Hillary Clinton. People say though it might
be a hoax before election but the important thing would be that Hillary Clinton
should make this mistake with the Israel’s criminal Zionists. And observe the overall
picture of the Jewish communities in the world in particular with this assassin
and genocide criminal Netanyahu how vehemently hate him.
The other way to
contain Israel and Iran is if it does not disarm or dismantle all its nukes in
presence of UN commission of all nuke arms then both Egypt and Turkey including
Saudi Arab should immediately go for nuke as delay would be fatal for the
existence of the world.
Further comment on
the subject would be after the commencement of the negotiation in future.