New Iran nuclear talks as deadline draws near

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Iran and 6 world powers have begun the process of drafting an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear capacity.
The talks are entering a 5th round in Vienna, with all sides saying they want to start putting together a general text by the end of the week.
CCTV’s Sandra Gathmann reports from Vienna.

New Iran nuclear talks as deadline draws near

New Iran nuclear talks as deadline draws near

Iran and 6 world powers have begun the process of drafting an agreement over Tehran's nuclear capacity. The talks are entering a 5th round in Vienna, with all sides saying they want to start putting together a general text by the end of the week. CCTV's Sandra Gathmann reports from Vienna.
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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.