During a two-day Iranian nuclear negotiations, the United States and the European Union in Oman yielded little progress, as acknowledged on Monday an Iranian official.
“After hours of talks made little progress,” the official told Reuters. “The differences will remain and continue to have gaps on various issues,” he added. US officials had no immediate comment after finishing the round on Monday night.
Two weeks before the deadline to reach an agreement, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and sent to the EU, Catherine Ashton, met in Oman to address a dispute that has lasted a decade and has increased the risk of a wider conflict in the Middle East.Discussions seek to set verifiable limits on work to enrich uranium for Iran-and any other potential step in creating a nuclear exchange for a gradual lifting of sanctions imposed by the West gun.
Hours later, the US said Iran stopped a controversial practice that would allow faster enrich uranium, an activity which experts say would violate the interim agreement.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, for its acronym in English) Friday sent its members a confidential report which argues that since its previous report in September Iran fueled their IR-5 centrifuge uranium gas natural way intermittent.
The IR-5 is one of several new models that Iran has sought to develop to replace IR-1 Dating from the 1970s and is still used to produce refined uranium, a material that can be used to make atomic bombs its centrifuges.The development of modern centrifuges is delicate, since Iran could produce potential material for nuclear bombs at a much faster pace at present.
When asked about the issue, the State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that Iran had agreed to stop injecting gas into the IR-5.”We discussed this issue with Iran when the IAEA reported on and resolved it immediately,” said Psaki. “The Iranians have confirmed that they will not continue with that activity,” he added.
In recent foreign affairs, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, have had a “brief encounter” outside the APEC summit on Monday night, but did not have time to discuss the main problems between the two countries, an official of the US said. The casual conversation between the two leaders, who have had significant tensions regarding the role of Russia in the Ukrainian conflict and its support for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, took place during the opening of the summit, held in China.
“Only had a short meeting, where they had no time to deal with their issues,” the official said. He also added that they will continue talked tomorrow and “only time will tell” when pertaining to negotiations. The White House has said that there is no face-to-face between the two presidents planned in the Asia-Pacific summit or the G20 summit to be held later this week in Brisbane, Australia. If there is any consolation, the two acted appropriately considering their strong opinions towards each other.
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