Critical stage reached for US and Iran in nuclear talks

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Neutral ground, where negotiators will attempt to put aside differences regarding Iran’s nuclear program and come together to reach a deal. CCTV’s Dan Whitehead filed this report from Switzerland.

US-Iran diplomats continue nuclear talks

US-Iran diplomats continue nuclear talks

Neutral ground, where negotiators will attempt to put aside differences regarding Iran's nuclear program and come together to reach a deal. CCTV's Dan Whitehead reported this story. from Switzerland.

Highlights: 

  • Whether the feeling is mutual is unknown, but negotiations are reaching a critical stage. Analysts say both Iran and the US want a solution soon.
  • For Iran, the lifting of sanctions is key, which cost the Iranian economy billions of dollars.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the differences remaining are political. On the Iranian side, any political concessions would play well to a domestic audience.

Critical state reached between US and Iran in nuclear talks

As Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif touched down in Brussels, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described talks on Tehran’s nuclear program as entering a crucial phase.

Critical state reached between US and Iran in nuclear talks

Critical state reached between US and Iran in nuclear talks

As Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif touched down in Brussels, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described talks on Tehran's nuclear program as entering a crucial phase.

Highlights:

  •  The talks involving Zarif and Mogherini came on the sidelines of an EU foreign affairs meeting.
  •  Officials said the remaining stumbling blocks largely revolved around political issues like lifting sanctions and access for inspectors.
  • An agreement, that has slowly taken shape over the past 15 months, could see Iran freeze large parts of its nuclear program for a decade in exchange for a gradual end to international sanctions.
  • This week Zarif is also holding several days of talks with U-S Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland.
  • While the Iran talks were widely discussed on Monday, EU ministers also announced the bloc had deployed a new military assistance mission to the Central African Republic.
  • Some officials said if that happened the E-U would consider sending peacekeepers while a few hinted at a military option if the crisis in Libya worsens.
  • Libya has become a multi-issue concern for Europe as the United Nations estimates 90 percent of African migrants and refugees reaching Italy are now transiting through the lawless nation

Details on Israels nuclear program still ambigious

Israel’s Prime Minister recently warned the US Congress he is convinced Iran is on the path to building a nuclear weapon. But the international community has long known there is another state in the region that has a nuclear weapons program- that is Israel itself.

CCTV’s Nathan King filed this report.

Details on Israels nuclear program still ambigious

Details on Israels nuclear program still ambigious

Israel's Prime Minister recently warned the US Congress he is convinced Iran is on the path to building a nuclear weapon. But the international community has long known there is another state in the region that has a nuclear weapons program- that is Israel itself.

Highlights:

  • Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician, revealed details to the British Press in 1986. He was captured in Rome by Israeli intelligence returned to Israel, tried and jailed.
  • Vanunu revealed the existence of the Dimona nuclear plant deep in the Negev desert, constructed with the help of new nuclear power France in the 1950’s and completed in the 1960’s, just as Israel fought its Arab neighbors in the six day war.
  • Many experts believe Israel has the capability to launch nuclear weapons from land, air and sea and has around 80 warheads. As for its nuclear weapons strategy- Israel says only that it will not be the first to introduce them into the Middle East.
  • Israel’s strategic silence means while Israel warns of an Iranian bomb, western allies never mention Israel’s arsenal.
  • Iran and others have called that a double standard.

Reza Marashi on the nuclear discussions

For more on the nuclear discussions, CCTV spoke with Reza Marashi. He’s a Research Director at the National Iranian American Council.

Reza Marshi on the nuclear discussions

Reza Marshi on the nuclear discussions

For more on the nuclear discussions, CCTV spoke with Reza Marashi. He's a Research Director at the National Iranian American Council.

  • Vanunu was ‘freed’ from 18 yrs. behind bars on 21 April 2004 to open air captivity in
    east Jerusalem fighting for his right to leave Israel despite the fact that as Vanunu said:

    “All the secrets I had were published in 1989 in an important book by [Nuclear Physicist] Frank Barnaby, “The Invisible Bomb: Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East.”

    In 1986, Barnaby was hired by the London Sunday Times to vet Vanunu’s story and
    he testified at Vanunu’s closed door trial:

    “I found Vanunu very straightforward about his motives for violating Israel’s secrecy laws he explained to me that he believed that both the Israeli and the world public had the right to know about the information he passed on. He seemed to me to be
    acting ideologically.

    “Israel’s political leaders have, he said, consistently lied about Israel’s nuclear-weapons programme and he found this unacceptable in a democracy. The knowledge that Vanunu had about Israel’s nuclear weapons, about the operations at Dimona, and about security at Dimona could not be of any use to anyone today. He left Dimona in October 1985.”

    In 2005 Vanunu said:

    “The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans
    gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then, the Dimona descended seven floors underground.

    “In 1955, Perez and Guirion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai, but the reactor plant deal continued on.

    “Did you know that President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was
    not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

    “Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding
    that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection.

    “When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the
    Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

    “Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result,
    Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today,
    they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.”
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  • View Vanunu’s photos of the Dimona at Vanunu’s YouTube Channel:

    In this excerpt from “30 Minutes with Vanunu” he addresses the “occupied” American media and invites Hillary Clinton to come and see “The real Wailing Wall: the Apartheid Wall”