Iran nuclear talks to resume in Geneva

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Talks are set to resume over Tehran’s nuclear program. Top officials from Iran and the U.S. meet face-to-face Monday in Geneva. EU diplomats will also be at the talks.

An interim agreement was signed last November and, some sanctions on Iran were relaxed. But, that agreement expires next month. There are still several difficult issues to be resolved.

Meanwhile, the U.S. announced Saturday that it is sending two top negotiators to Geneva for direct talks with Iranian officials over Tehran’s nuclear program.

An interim deal reached in November by Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — limited Iran’s uranium enrichment program. In exchange, some penalties imposed against Iran were eased. But sanctions such as those targeting Iran’s oil imports, have remained in place.

Those nuclear talks are scheduled to resume June 16. There’s an informal deadline of July 20 for a comprehensive deal. CCTV correspondent Nathan King reports with more.

Iran nuclear talks to resume in Geneva

Iran nuclear talks to resume in Geneva

Talks are set to resume over Tehran's nuclear program. Top officials from Iran and the U.S. meet face-to-face Monday in Geneva. EU diplomats will also be at the talks. An interim agreement was signed last November and, some sanctions on Iran were relaxed. But, that agreement expires next month. There are still several difficult issues to be resolved. CCTV correspondent Nathan King reports with more.

  • I think we’re seeing now why a deal with Iran will inevitably fail and that is because the one non-negotiable part for Iran will be its insistence on significantly upgrading and expanding its refining capacity with next generation centrifuges. Zarif and other ranking officials, including Khamenei have drawn a line in the sand at refining capacity because with it, they could afford to give away almost every other concession to the West while still retaining the ability to quickly generate a stockpile of weapons grade material. Iran views this capacity as its trump card against the perceived threat posed by Israel and its final Billy club it can use against its neighbors since possessing the ability to quickly make bomb material is almost as good as the ability to build a bomb since Iran already possesses the technical knowhow to assemble and deliver a weapon thanks to North Korea technology transfers.

    The West knows this which is why it has been insistent about cutting capacity, not expanding it and ultimately is what is causing Iran to issue muted calls for a six month extension in talks beyond the July deadline.