Key Nations Huddle on Iran Nuclear Standoff

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
May 1, 2014, 7:47 a.m.

Ne­go­ti­at­ors for six ma­jor gov­ern­ments con­ferred on how to haggle with Ir­an over atom­ic as­sets of po­ten­tial use to build nuc­le­ar bombs, Re­u­ters re­ports.

The five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many dis­cussed the mat­ter at a high-level gath­er­ing on Wed­nes­day in Brus­sels, Bel­gi­um, less than two weeks be­fore they are ex­pec­ted to join Ir­an to be­gin for­mu­lat­ing the core com­pon­ents of a pos­sible long-term atom­ic set­tle­ment. The six powers are seek­ing to rein in ef­forts that could en­able the Per­sian Gulf power to con­struct nuc­le­ar arms, though Tehran main­tains its atom­ic activ­it­ies are solely peace­ful.

Par­ti­cipants offered no spe­cif­ics on the latest meet­ing of en­voys from China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, the United King­dom and the United States.

A spokes­wo­man for European Uni­on for­eign policy chief Cath­er­ine Ashton, though, said the ses­sion was “use­ful.” Ashton has com­mu­nic­ated with Tehran on be­half of the “P-5+1” powers.

An en­voy tied to the six na­tions cited a “need to elab­or­ate our po­s­i­tions” for the ne­go­ti­ations, which are set to re­sume with Ir­an on May 13 in Vi­enna. Sev­er­al sig­ni­fic­ant dif­fer­ences re­main between Tehran and the oth­er ne­go­ti­at­ing gov­ern­ments, though the sides re­cently ap­peared to achieve trac­tion in a dis­pute over an un­fin­ished Ir­a­ni­an heavy-wa­ter re­act­or cap­able of gen­er­at­ing bomb-us­able plutoni­um.

Speak­ing an­onym­ously, one dip­lo­mat sug­ges­ted a dis­agree­ment over Ir­an’s urani­um-en­rich­ment ca­pa­city would re­main un­re­solved un­til “Ju­ly 19 in the even­ing,” when an in­ter­im atom­ic deal reached in Novem­ber is set to ex­pire.

Ir­an is cur­rently us­ing roughly 10,000 cent­ri­fuges to re­fine urani­um, a pro­cess cap­able of gen­er­at­ing peace­ful ma­ter­i­al as well as nuc­le­ar-bomb fuel. The United States and its al­lies would likely seek to re­duce Tehran’s quant­ity of the ma­chines to no more than a few thou­sand, ac­cord­ing to Re­u­ters.

Mean­while, Ir­a­ni­an me­dia said Tehran has re­ceived all $4.2 bil­lion in seized rev­en­ue it was prom­ised un­der the six-month in­ter­im pact, the Lon­don Guard­i­an re­por­ted on Thursday.

What We're Following See More »
TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE
Al Gore Meeting with Ivanka Trump
49 minutes ago
THE LATEST
PLENTIFUL OIL RESERVES
Trump Native American Council Recommends Privatizing Indian Land
55 minutes ago
THE LATEST

A group advising Donald Trump on Native American issues is encouraging him to privatize Indian reservations, taking the land out of the hands of the "suffocating federal bureaucracy." Currently, tribes have rights to the land but don't own it, meaning they can drill, but only under strenuous government restriction. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee tribe thinks the plan would be supported by Native American tribes nationally.

Source:
IT’S OFFICIAL
Trump to Nominate Carson to Lead HUD
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

As has been rumored for a week, Donald Trump will nominate Ben Carson, his former rival, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a statement, Trump said, "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up."

Source:
TOO COSTLY, SAYS GREEN PARTY
Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Supporters of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Saturday withdrew a last-ditch lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court aimed at forcing a statewide ballot recount, another major setback in the effort to verify the votes in three states that provided President-elect Donald Trump his margin of victory. Ms. Stein’s campaign announced in a statement Saturday that the Pennsylvania lawsuit had been dropped after the court demanded that a $1 million bond be posted by the 100 Pennsylvania residents who brought the suit."

Source:
ANOTHER MORNING TWEETSTORM
Trump Threatens 35% Tariff on Companies that Move Overseas
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

In a series of early-morning tweets on Sunday, Donald Trump threatened companies that attempt to relocate out of the country. "Any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG!," he wrote. "There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies."

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