Iran Calls This Week’s Nuclear-Expert Meetings ‘Useful’

None

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
March 7, 2014, 8:33 a.m.

An Ir­a­ni­an en­voy said his na­tion held mean­ing­ful tech­nic­al dis­cus­sions with six oth­er na­tions this week on its long-run­ning nuc­le­ar dis­pute, Re­u­ters re­ports.

“The talks are very ser­i­ous and sub­stant­ive and use­ful,” said Ham­id Baeed­ine­jad, Ir­an’s top del­eg­ate to the ses­sion in Vi­enna with spe­cial­ists from the five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many. The gath­er­ing star­ted on Wed­nes­day and con­tin­ued in­to Fri­day, and was ex­pec­ted to help lay the ground­work for a high­er-level meet­ing between the sides sched­uled for the week of March 17.

The “P-5+1” na­tions are seek­ing to ad­dress in­ter­na­tion­al con­cerns that Ir­an’s os­tens­ibly peace­ful atom­ic pro­gram is mask­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an arms ca­pa­city. Ir­an in­sists there is no mil­it­ary mo­tiv­a­tion be­hind its nuc­le­ar pro­gram, but Tehran is tak­ing part in the ne­go­ti­ations in a bid to win the elim­in­a­tion of in­ter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ic pen­al­ties.

“We re­viewed many top­ics of the nuc­le­ar is­sue, but it is just the be­gin­ning and more ses­sions … will be needed,” the Aus­trali­an As­so­ci­ated Press quoted Baeed­ine­jad as say­ing of this week’s talks.

The dip­lo­mat noted that the meet­ing in­cluded full ex­pert del­eg­a­tions from Ir­an and the oth­er ne­go­ti­at­ing coun­tries — China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, the United King­dom and the United States — ac­cord­ing to Ir­an’s state-run Press TV. Earli­er this week, U.S. and Ir­a­ni­an gov­ern­ment sources sug­ges­ted that an in­ter­na­tion­al crisis in­volving Ukraine would not com­prom­ise mul­ti­lat­er­al dia­logue on the nuc­le­ar dis­pute.

The sides opened this week’s three-day tech­nic­al ses­sion by fo­cus­ing on the re­fine­ment of urani­um, and on an un­fin­ished Ir­a­ni­an heavy-wa­ter re­act­or cap­able of gen­er­at­ing plutoni­um. The United States and oth­er West­ern powers fear Ir­an could tap either cap­ab­il­ity to pro­duce fuel for a nuc­le­ar weapon.

What We're Following See More »
TAKING A LONG VIEW TO SOUTHERN STATES
In Dropout Speech, Santorum Endorses Rubio
1 days ago
THE DETAILS

As expected after earlier reports on Wednesday, Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid. But less expected: he threw his support to Marco Rubio. After noting he spoke with Rubio the day before for an hour, he said, “Someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS, real understanding of the threat of fundamentalist Islam, and has experience, one of the things I wanted was someone who has experience in this area, and that’s why we decided to support Marco Rubio.” It doesn’t figure to help Rubio much in New Hampshire, but the Santorum nod could pay dividends down the road in southern states.

Source:
‘PITTING PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER’
Rubio, Trump Question Obama’s Mosque Visit
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

President Obama’s decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore today was never going to be completely uncontroversial. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio proved it. “Maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump told interviewer Greta van Susteren on Fox News. “There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque.” And in New Hampshire, Rubio said of Obama, “Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

Source:
THE TIME IS NOW, TED
Cruz Must Max Out on Evangelical Support through Early March
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

For Ted Cruz, a strong showing in New Hampshire would be nice, but not necessary. That’s because evangelical voters only make up 21% of the Granite State’s population. “But from the February 20 South Carolina primary through March 15, there are nine states (South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina) with an estimated white-Evangelical percentage of the GOP electorate over 60 percent, and another four (Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri) that come in over 50 percent.” But after that, he better be in the catbird’s seat, because only four smaller states remain with evangelical voter majorities.

Source:
CHRISTIE, BUSH TRYING TO TAKE HIM DOWN
Rubio Now Winning the ‘Endorsement Primary’
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Since his strong third-place finish in Iowa, Marco Rubio has won endorsement by two sitting senators and two congressmen, putting him in the lead for the first time of FiveThirtyEight‘s Endorsement Tracker. “Some politicians had put early support behind Jeb Bush — he had led [their] list since August — but since January the only new endorsement he has received was from former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fueled by resentment, “members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt … Rubio’s rise in the polls.”

Source:
ARE YOU THE GATEKEEPER?
Sanders: Obama Is a Progressive
1 days ago
THE LATEST

“Do I think President Obama is a progressive? Yeah, I do,” said Bernie Sanders, in response to a direct question in tonight’s debate. “I think they’ve done a great job.” But Hillary Clinton wasn’t content to sit out the latest chapter in the great debate over the definition of progressivism. “In your definition, with you being the gatekeeper of progressivism, I don’t think anyone else fits that definition,” she told Sanders.

×