Iran Talks Finish First Day Amid Signals of Optimism

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Oct. 15, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Ir­an and six key gov­ern­ments signaled early op­tim­ism on the first day of a closely watched nuc­le­ar meet­ing on Tues­day, the state-run Fars News Agency re­por­ted.

Ir­a­ni­an For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif opened the two-day dis­cus­sion in Geneva with a slideshow brief­ing thought to de­tail a pro­posed timeline for trust-boost­ing steps over its dis­puted nuc­le­ar activ­it­ies, the Lon­don Guard­i­an re­por­ted. The sides are seek­ing to re­solve in­ter­na­tion­al fears that secret nuc­le­ar-bomb am­bi­tions are guid­ing Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram; Tehran in­sists the atom­ic ef­fort is non­mil­it­ary in nature.

“There is a pos­it­ive at­mo­sphere. … The first re­ac­tions were good,” Re­u­ters quoted Ir­a­ni­an Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Ab­bas as say­ing after Za­rif’s morn­ing dis­cus­sion.

Un­dis­closed de­tails from the for­eign min­is­ter’s talk — titled “Clos­ing an un­ne­ces­sary crisis: Open­ing new ho­ri­zons” — could in­clude pro­pos­als to re­strict cer­tain Ir­a­ni­an nuc­le­ar activ­it­ies, ac­cord­ing to the Guard­i­an. In re­turn, Tehran would likely ex­pect the five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many to curb in­ter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ic pen­al­ties and af­firm the Per­sian Gulf power’s right to en­rich urani­um, the news­pa­per said.

A spokes­man for European Uni­on for­eign policy chief Cath­er­ine Ashton said Za­rif’s dis­cus­sion was “very use­ful.”

The top Ir­a­ni­an dip­lo­mat met one-on-one with Ashton after mul­ti­lat­er­al talks ended for the day, Fars News re­por­ted. Ashton has com­mu­nic­ated with Ir­an on be­half of the six oth­er ne­go­ti­at­ing powers: China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia, the United King­dom and the United States.

What We're Following See More »
New Survey Shows Clinton Up 9 in Pennsylvania
4 hours ago

If a new poll is to be believed, Hillary Clinton has a big lead in the all-important swing state of Pennsylvania. A new Suffolk University survey shows her ahead of Donald Trump, 50%-41%. In a four-way race, she maintains her nine-point lead, 46%-37%. "Pennsylvania has voted Democratic in the past six presidential elections, going back to Bill Clinton’s first win in 1992. Yet it is a rust belt state that could be in play, as indicated by recent general-election polling showing a close race."

Obama Library Heading to Jackson Park in Chicago
4 hours ago

"President Barack Obama has chosen Jackson Park, a lakefront park that once hosted the world’s fair on the city’s South Side, for his $500 million presidential library, according to a person familiar with the matter."

Democrats Beat Republicans in Convention Ratings So Far
4 hours ago

Wednesday was the third night in a row that the Democratic convention enjoyed a ratings win over the Republican convention last week. Which might have prompted a fundraising email from Donald Trump exhorting supporters not to watch. "Unless you want to be lied to, belittled, and attacked for your beliefs, don't watch Hillary's DNC speech tonight," the email read. "Instead, help Donald Trump hold her accountable, call out her lies and fight back against her nasty attacks."

How Many VIPs Were the Secret Service Protecting in Philly Last Night?
6 hours ago

Seven, according to an official Secret Service tweet.

Candidates’ Code Names Revealed
7 hours ago

The Clintons will retain their Secret Service "code names from the last time they lived in the White House. Hillary Clinton is EVERGREEN and Bill ClintonEAGLE. Donald Trump is MOGUL, according to reports, and Melania Trump MUSE. The vice presidents get code names, too: Mike Pence is HOOSIER—a little on the nose—and his wife HUMMINGBIRD. Tim Kaine is DAREDEVIL, somewhat ambitiously. His wife's? To be determined."