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BAGHDAD 23 May 2012 Iran and world powers look for nuclear deal
The Bagdad talks over Tehran’s nuclear program – with Iran on one side and the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain

May 23, 2012 - NULL

BAGHDAD 23 May 2012 Iran and world powers look for nuclear deal
The Bagdad talks over Tehran's nuclear program - with Iran on one side and the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain on the other - pick up where they left off in Istanbul in April. Israel and the United States and allies allege Iran's uranium enrichment program is a cover for developing atomic weapons, an allegation Tehran denies. Analysts don't foresee a deal any time soon, but regard the negotiations as a hopeful sign that could quiet the talk of war.

Tehran has refused to stop enriching uranium

BAGHDAD 23 May 2012 Iran and world powers look for nuclear deal
The Bagdad talks over Tehran's nuclear program - with Iran on one side and the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain on the other - pick up where they left off in Istanbul in April. Israel and the United States and allies allege Iran's uranium enrichment program is a cover for developing atomic weapons, an allegation Tehran denies. Analysts don't foresee a deal any time soon, but regard the negotiations as a hopeful sign that could quiet the talk of war.

Tehran has refused to stop enriching uranium, despite Western sanctions, but it agreed to the second meeting. Reuters notes that analysts say both sides must compromise for any chance of a long-term settlement, suggesting Iran could be allowed to continue limited low-level enrichment of uranium if it accepts more intrusive nuclear inspections.

US White House aides have warned of a "closing window" for talking before Washington or Israel might start shooting. Iran, hurting from Western sanctions, has threatened to blockade Gulf tankers. The move would have notched up the prospect of war.

Just days after the world powers restarted negotiations in Istanbul, the IAEA received a letter from Tehran expressing interest in holding new discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency as well. The last IAEA-Iran talks ended in failure. Tehran is still holding back on the agency's key demand -- access to a key military site, Western diplomats said in the Reuters report. Observers say the Parchin military site is the one where the agency believes the most nuclear-relevant research may be conducted. (WRITTEN APRIL 2012)

RELATED READING:

Iran open for IAEA talks, no word on Parchin: diplomats (Ian Campbell-Reuters 16 Apr 2012)
http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-campbell/

Diplomacy will dampen Iran war talk - for now (Reuters 15 Apr 2012)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/15/us-nuclear-iran-diplomacy-idUSBRE83E0CA20120415

Date written/update: 2012-05-23