A senior Iranian envoy has hinted at progress in resolving a dispute over a heavy-water reactor capable of generating plutonium, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Ravanchi said Iran is reviewing “ideas” presented by six other countries for resolving fears that the Arak site could produce the bomb-usable substance upon activation, the newspaper said on Monday, before new high-level talks began. Tehran denies harboring any nuclear-weapon ambitions, but has joined discussions on potentially restricting its arms-relevant atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
“We know each other’s positions on Arak very well,” the diplomat said, referring to negotiators from Iran and counterparts from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The sides are trying to hammer out a long-term successor to an interim nuclear accord reached late last year.
Tehran, Ravanchi said, is “ready to address legitimate concerns about the possible proliferation that might arise with regard to Arak.”
A spokesman for a key discussion coordinator confirmed that the heavy-water facility is a central focus of a two-day multilateral meeting that began on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported.
“We’re involved in very detailed and substantial negotiations,” said Michael Mann, a spokesman for European Union Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton. Ashton joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to open this week’s gathering in Vienna, but the officials later turned over leadership of the talks to lower-ranking officials, Reuters reported.
A second high-level Iranian diplomat said the perception of Arak “as an easy and speedy way to develop a nuclear bomb raises concerns which we have agreed to address,” according to Bloomberg.
Still, “this doesn’t mean it will be closed or converted to another facility,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said last week.
What We're Following See More »
The Commission on Presidential Debates put out a statement today that gives credence to Donald Trump's claims that he had a bad microphone on Monday night. "Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," read the statement in its entirety.
"A video of Donald Trump testifying under oath about his provocative rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos is set to go public" as soon as today. "Trump gave the testimony in June at a law office in Washington in connection with one of two lawsuits he filed last year after prominent chefs reacted to the controversy over his remarks by pulling out of plans to open restaurants at his new D.C. hotel. D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman said in an order issued Thursday evening that fears the testimony might show up in campaign commercials were no basis to keep the public from seeing the video."
No matter that his recall of foreign leaders leaves something to be desired, Gary Johnson is the choice of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board. The editors argue that Donald Trump couldn't do the job of president, while hitting Hillary Clinton for "her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust." Which leaves them with Johnson. "Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles," they write, "and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016."
"By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump." That's the message from USA Today editors, who are making the first recommendation on a presidential race in the paper's 34-year history. It's not exactly an endorsement; they make clear that the editorial board "does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement." But they state flatly that Donald Trump is, by "unanimous consensus of the editorial board, unfit for the presidency."