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- The second day of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, towards a final nuclear deal concluded in Vienna. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif doubted the possibility of reaching a final agreement in this latest round of talks, adding that he and his counterpart, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, would guide the negotiations process, while their respective deputies would take the lead.
- After landing in Vienna yesterday, Foreign Minister Zarif stated that the topics of discussion in this latest round of negotiations will include “uranium enrichment, the Arak heavy water reactor, peaceful nuclear cooperation, and the lifting of sanctions.”
- Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvand asserted that Iran has not abrogated its “right” of enrichment above 20% and noted, “We have said that we will not produce for six months in order to build trust.” He added that the country can resume 20% enrichment “in less than a day; two-three hours. Of course I have announced the approximation of this time.” Kamalvandi also announced that Iran and Russia will sign an agreement to construct at least two new nuclear power plants, each with desalination and a minimum of 1,000 megawatts capacity, within the next two-three months.
- At Saturday’s open session of Parliament, Speaker Ali Larijani threatened that Iran would break nuclear negotiations in reaction to the recent UN human rights report and announced, “American and UN officials must know that they will be the cause of breaking up negotiations and should not say that Iran has left the negotiations table.” Continue reading