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Iran halts expansion of nuclear facilities

Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities in the last three months, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Thursday, in a possible confidence-building measure by Tehran before talks next week. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that only four new uranium enrichment centrifuges were operating at its Natanz plant and no additional machines at the Fordo facility. stu/jmm

Iran MP says Fordo nuclear site a 'red line'

A prominent Iranian lawmaker said on Sunday Iran would never agree to shut down its Fordo underground nuclear enrichment facility as demanded by world powers, Mehr news agency reported. "It is possible that they set some conditions such as shutting down Fordo, which definitely will not happen," Mehr quoted Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the parliament's foreign policy committee, as saying.

Kerry urges new nuclear proposals from Iran

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iran to come up with new nuclear proposals, rebuffing Tehran's position that the onus is now on foreign powers to unblock the impasse. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that the previous foreign offer, made by the "P5+1" group at two meetings in Kazakhstan before the June election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, was no longer valid. But Kerry, while welcoming recent overtures including a historic contact between Rouhani and US President Barack Obama, said the ball remained in Iran's court.

Iran FM says major powers must table new nuclear proposals

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Sunday for new proposals from the major powers in talks on its nuclear programme that are due to resume on October 15. Zarif said that the previous offer, made by the so-called P5+1 group at two meetings in Kazakhstan in February and April before President Hassan Rouhani's June election was no longer valid. "The previous offer by the P5+1 is history and they should come to the negotiating table with a new approach," the ISNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

World powers, Iran seek to break deadlock

Iran and world powers Saturday meet for a second and final day of a new round of talks aimed at breaking a decade-old deadlock over the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear programme, with time slowly running out on a solution.The two sides held a tense day of negotiation in the Kazakh city of Almaty on Friday that ended with only an agreement to meet again.The sides failed to resolve the main issue on the table: Iran’s willingness to accept some watered-down demands concerning its nuclear programme in return for relief of sanctions, which have crippled the Islamic republic’s eco

Still room for nuclear talks with Iran

There is still room for talks with Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme but the run-up to Iranian presidential elections in June complicates the situation, a Western diplomat said Monday. "There is enough substance for these negotiations to continue," said the diplomat after the latest round of talks between world powers and Iran failed to reach an accord despite early hopes of progress. "I would not expect a breakdown," the diplomat added.

Iran nuclear talks resume in Kazakhstan

A new round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) opens in the Kazakhstan city of Almaty on Friday as the sides are struggling to find a compromise on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.At the previous round of talks on Feb.

Iran hopes 'forward movement' continues in nuclear talks

Iran said on Friday it is hopeful "forward movement" continues during talks with major world powers over its controversial nuclear drive, the state broadcaster and ISNA news agency reported. "Almaty I meeting bore positive results, and we also hope that in Almaty II this forward movement continues," IRIB's website reported Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying in Dushanbe, where he is attending a ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue.

No nuclear breakthrough on Iran in Istanbul: Russia

Expert talks between world power and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme produced no breakthrough but were positive in tone, Russia's chief negotiator on the dispute said on Thursday. "There was certain progress. It was real but insufficient to speak of a breakthrough," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters after the talks in Istanbul on Monday. Ryabkov said the two sides "still had a lot of homework to do" before a fifth round of higher-level political discussions in Almaty on April 5-6.

Iran was 'interested' by nuclear talks proposal: US

Iran was "interested" by updated proposals from world powers to break a stalemate over its suspect nuclear program, and must now take concrete steps to move forward, a US official said Wednesday. Characterizing two-day talks in Kazakhstan as "useful," State Department acting deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said "the onus is absolutely on Iran."
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