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Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable'

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. "In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even from the Russians, was that Iran must be distanced years - not months but years - from nuclear weaponry," said Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli cabinet minister in charge of nuclear affairs.

Iran nuclear talks to 'move to next stage' in May

Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers on negotiating a definitive agreement will in May "move to the next stage", EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday after a meeting in Vienna. "We now move to the next stage of the negotiations in which we will aim to bridge the gaps in all the key areas and work on the concrete elements of a possible comprehensive agreement," Ashton told reporters in a joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. stu/cc

Ashton says no guarantee of final Iran nuclear accord

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday there is "no guarantee" that talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme will lead to a comprehensive agreement. "This interim agreement is really important but not as important as a comprehensive agreement (which is)... difficult, challenging, and there is no guarantee that we will succeed," Ashton told a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Ashton says no guarantee of final Iran nuclear accord

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday there is "no guarantee" that talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme will lead to a comprehensive agreement. "This interim agreement is really important but not as important as a comprehensive agreement (which is)... difficult, challenging, and there is no guarantee that we will succeed," Ashton told a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. str/sgh/dv

Iran nuclear deal being implemented as planned: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) - A landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is being implemented as planned but much remains to be done to resolve all outstanding issues regarding Tehran's atomic activities, the U.N. nuclear chief said on Monday. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said the IAEA was still 1.6 million euros short of the funds it needed for its extra work in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the six-month accord.

Next Iran nuclear talks March 17

Iran and world powers have agreed a timetable and framework agreement for working out a lasting nuclear accord, and will meet again on March 17, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday. "We had three very productive days during which we have identified all the issues we need to address to reach a comprehensive and final agreement," Ashton said after talks in the Austrian capital. "There is a lot to do, it won't be easy but we have made a good start," Ashton told reporters.

Initial Iran nuclear deal 'not perfect': State Department's Sherman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An initial nuclear deal with Iran is "not perfect" because of limited time but it gives negotiating powers time to work out a comprehensive deal with Tehran, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. "We see this as a first step so we don't consider the gaps that exist loopholes because this is not a final agreement," Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, told a congressional panel.

EU's Ashton agrees next Iran nuclear talks Feb 18 with foreign minister

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton met and agreed Friday with the Iranian foreign minister that the next international talks on Iran's contested nuclear programme will be held February 18, an EU official said. "Ashton met with Iranian FM (Mohammad Javad) Zarif, agreed next round of negotiations between E3+3 and Iran will take place on 18 February in Vienna," a spokesperson for Ashton tweeted. bur/jri/bmm/ric

Iran nuclear talks to resume February in New York

Iran and world powers will resume talks next month in New York on reaching a long-term nuclear deal, a senior US official said Monday. "It is our understanding that those talks will be in New York in mid-February, with dates still being confirmed on schedule, but it will be around that time period," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

UN watchdog confirms Iran nuclear freeze

The UN atomic watchdog has confirmed that Iran's partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal with world powers struck in November, began on Monday as planned, diplomats told AFP. "It's all fine, all their requirements have been fulfilled," one envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said in Vienna, in comments echoed by other diplomats. The IAEA declined to comment. stu/dh
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