Iran questions nuclear deal deadline

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Iran, after talks with senior U.S. officials, questioned whether a July deadline for a nuclear deal with world powers will be met, fueling doubts on the outcome as France spoke out, saying talks on curbing Tehran’s uranium enrichment had “hit a wall”.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said it was “too soon to judge” whether more time was needed. A July deadline is fast approaching.

Iran’s talks with six major powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to Western sanctions could be extended for six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline agreed by all parties, a senior Iranian official said. CCTV’s Wang Jinyan reports from Tehran.

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline

In Geneva, Iran is in talks with the U.S. on the future of its nuclear program. Iran's deputy foreign minister said it was "too soon to judge" whether more time was needed. A July deadline is fast approaching. CCTV's Wang Jin-yan reports from Tehran.
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CCTV’s Asieh Namdar speaks with Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, about the talks in Geneva.

Trita Parsi on Iran talks in Geneva

Trita Parsi on Iran talks in Geneva

CCTV's Asieh Namdar speaks with Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, about the talks in Geneva.
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  • 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.