Tehran and Washington each said the other capital had to give up more if the sides are to defuse a global nuclear standoff, Reuters reports.
Senior officials from both governments admonished members of the opposing camp on Friday, after several days of multilateral talks over fears that Iran may tap its ostensibly nonmilitary nuclear program to build bombs. The Middle Eastern nation has tentatively offered to curb some of its atomic efforts in exchange for potential sanctions relief by the five permanent U.N. Security Council member nations and Germany.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged negotiators from the “P-5+1” countries to “abandon excessive demands which will not be accepted by Iran.”
“There has been progress, but major disputes remain” over language in a draft nuclear deal. “There are more brackets than words in it,” Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying.
Separately, U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said it was unclear whether “Iran is really ready and willing to take all the necessary steps to assure the world that its nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful.”
A high-level U.S. insider added, “There are very, very difficult decisions to be taken here by Iran,” Reuters reported.
Zarif, though, said, “The United States must take the most difficult decisions,” al-Monitor reported on Friday.
“[President Obama] and Congress … have to save themselves from the conditions they have created,” Zarif said. He added that Washington has met its commitment under a short-term agreement to lift restrictions on $4.2 billion in Iranian funds, RIA Novosti reported.
Meanwhile, a U.N. agency on Friday said Iran has moved to eliminate most of the uranium it could most easily convert into bomb material, Reuters reported.
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When it comes to name-calling among America's upper echelon of politicians, there may be perhaps no greater spat than the one currently going on between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump. While receiving an award Tuesday night, she continued a months-long feud with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Calling him a "small, insecure moneygrubber" who probably doesn't know three things about Dodd-Frank, she said he "will NEVER be president of the United States," according to her prepared remarks."We don't know what Trump pays in taxes because he is the first presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns. Maybe he’s just a lousy businessman who doesn’t want you to find out that he’s worth a lot less money than he claims." It follows a long-line of Warren attacks over Twitter, Facebook and in interviews that Trump is a sexist, racist, narcissistic loser. In reply, Trump has called Warren either "goofy" or "the Indian"—referring to her controversial assertion of her Native American heritage.
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Citing the unpredictable nature of this primary season and the possible leverage they could bring at the convention, John Kasich is hanging onto his 161 delegates. "Kasich sent personal letters Monday to Republican officials in the 16 states and the District of Columbia where he won delegates, requesting that they stay bound to him in accordance with party rules."
Bernie Sanders "signed a letter Tuesday morning requesting a full and complete check and recanvass of the election results in Kentucky ... where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. The Sanders campaign said it has asked the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week's primary in each of the state's 120 counties.