Iran Envoys Trade Blame for Nuclear-Deal Delays

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
June 23, 2014, 9:58 a.m.

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.

What We're Following See More »
Elizabeth Warren Goes After Donald Trump
6 minutes ago

In a stark contrast from Michelle Obama's uplifting speech, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about the rigged system plaguing Americans before launching into a full-throated rebuke of GOP nominee Donald Trump. Trump is "a man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone," she claimed, before saying he "must never be president of the United States." She called him divisive and selfish, and said the American people won't accept his "hate-filled America." In addition to Trump, Warren went after the Republican Party as a whole. "To Republicans in Congress who said no, this November the American people are coming for you," she said.

Michelle Obama: “I Trust” Hillary Clinton
26 minutes ago

"In this election, and every election, it's about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives," Michelle Obama said. "There is only one person who I trust with that responsibility … and that is our friend Hillary Clinton." In a personal and emotional speech, Michelle Obama spoke about the effect that angry oppositional rhetoric had on her children and how she chose to raise them. "When they go low, we go high," Obama said she told her children about dealing with bullies. Obama stayed mostly positive, but still offered a firm rebuke of Donald Trump, despite never once uttering his name. "The issues a president faces cannot be boiled down to 140 characters," she said.

Sarah Silverman to Bernie or Bust: “You’re Being Ridiculous”
1 hours ago

Many Bernie Sanders delegates have spent much of the first day of the Democratic National Convention resisting unity, booing at mentions of Hillary Clinton and often chanting "Bernie! Bernie!" Well, one of the most outspoken Bernie Sanders supporters just told them to take a seat. "To the Bernie-or-bust people: You're being ridiculous," said comedian Sarah Silverman in a brief appearance at the Convention, minutes after saying that she would proudly support Hillary Clinton for president.

DNC Formally Apologizes to Bernie Sanders
5 hours ago

The Democratic National Committee issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders today, after leaked emails showed staffers trying to sabotage his presidential bid. "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," DNC officials said in the statement. "These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not—and will not—tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates."

DCCC Won’t Aid Wasserman Schultz
5 hours ago

The chairman of the DCCC said Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't be getting financial help from the organization this year, even as she faces a well-funded primary challenger. "Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) said the committee’s resources will be spent helping Democrats in tough races rather than those in seats that are strongholds for the party." Executive Director Kelly Ward added, “We never spend money in safe seats."