Iran Negotiators Face Showdown over Uranium

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
Global Security Newswire Staff
May 13, 2014, 7:09 a.m.

Dip­lo­mats say they are tack­ling an en­trenched urani­um-en­rich­ment stan­doff, as talks re­sume on Ir­an’s dis­puted nuc­le­ar activ­it­ies, the New York Times re­ports.

The fo­cus emerged as Ir­an and six oth­er coun­tries pre­pared for new ne­go­ti­ations in Vi­enna over po­ten­tial long-term lim­its on Tehran’s atom­ic ef­forts, which West­ern powers see as cov­er for de­vel­op­ment of a nuc­le­ar-arms cap­ab­il­ity. The Middle East­ern na­tion denies any in­ten­tion to re­fine urani­um in­to nuc­le­ar-bomb fuel, and has raised the pos­sib­il­ity of ex­pand­ing its cur­rent fleet of 19,000 en­rich­ment cent­ri­fuges to in­clude 50,000 or more of the ma­chines.

The United States, though, is ur­ging Ir­an to cut its ex­ist­ing en­rich­ment ca­pa­city so it would need more than 12 months to re­fine enough urani­um for a bomb. Robert Ein­horn, who stepped down in 2013 as U.S. State De­part­ment spe­cial ad­viser for non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and arms con­trol, last week wrote that more than “a few thou­sand first-gen­er­a­tion [Ir­a­ni­an] cent­ri­fuges” would be un­ac­cept­able.

Past months of ne­go­ti­ations have fo­cused largely on less di­vis­ive is­sues, res­ult­ing partly in a tent­at­ive of­fer by Ir­an to modi­fy its Arak heavy-wa­ter re­act­or to gen­er­ate less weapon-us­able plutoni­um upon ac­tiv­a­tion.

Speak­ing on Monday, Rus­si­an For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Ry­ab­kov said “Arak and trans­par­ency [ap­pear] riper than all oth­er items on the agenda for get­ting primary res­ults … by Fri­day,” IT­AR-Tass re­por­ted.

In­form­a­tion on Ir­an’s past atom­ic activ­it­ies may emerge as a stick­ing point, West­ern en­voys told Re­u­ters for a Tues­day re­port. A Monday meet­ing between Tehran and the U.N. nuc­le­ar watch­dog re­portedly did not yield sub­stan­tial trac­tion.

Ir­a­ni­an For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif is ex­pec­ted to meet late on Tues­day with European Uni­on for­eign policy chief Cath­er­ine Ashton, who is rep­res­ent­ing the six oth­er ne­go­ti­at­ing gov­ern­ments, the Los Angeles Times re­por­ted. Three days of dis­cus­sions are slated to be­gin on Wed­nes­day, with del­eg­ates from Ir­an as well as China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, the United King­dom and the United States.

What We're Following See More »
MORE DISAPPROVE OF COUNTRY’S DIRECTION
Trump Approval Rating Steady
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

According to a new CNN poll, "37% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, 57% disapprove—virtually identical to his marks in late September. But the percentage who say things in the country are going well has fallen from 53% in August to 46% now."

Source:
Doesn’t Express Confidence in Marino
Trump to Declare Opioid Emergency Next Week
11 hours ago
THE LATEST

After initially promising it in August, "President Trump said Monday that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic." When asked, he also "declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies."

Source:
IN LIGHT OF 60 MINUTES REVELATIONS
Manchin Asks Trump to Drop Marino’s Nomination for Drug Czar
20 hours ago
THE LATEST
WOULD OVERTURN MARINO LEGISLATION ON DRUG DISTRIBUTORS
McCaskill Will Introduce Bill in Response to “60 Minutes” Scoop
20 hours ago
THE DETAILS

In the wake of Sunday's blockbuster 60 Minutes/Washington Post report on opioid regulation and enforcement, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has introduced legislation that "would repeal a 2016 law that hampered the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to regulate opioid distributors it suspects of misconduct." In a statement, McCaskill said: “Media reports indicate that this law has significantly affected the government’s ability to crack down on opioid distributors that are failing to meet their obligations and endangering our communities."

Source:
EVACUATION DRILL STARTS NEXT MONDAY
U.S. Military to Practice Evacuating Americans in S. Korea
21 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The United States military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea. The evacuation drill, known as Courageous Channel, is scheduled from next Monday through Friday and is aimed at preparing American 'service members and their families to respond to a wide range of crisis management events such as noncombatant evacuation and natural or man-made disasters,' the United States military said in a statement."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login