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Iran, 6 powers adjourn nuke talks to April 7-9

March 19, 2014
Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiators for Iran and six world powers on Wednesday adjourned what they described as "substantive and useful" nuclear talks and said they will resume April 7 in Vienna.

The two sides spoke at the end of two days of negotiations focused on curbing Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for full sanctions relief. Their joint statement was read by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who speaks for the six countries negotiating with Iran, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

They said the talks addressed Iran's uranium enrichment program, a nearly finished nuclear reactor and the lifting of sanctions on Iran that have been imposed successively over the past decade as Tehran expanded its atomic activities.

The six want the nearly finished reactor destroyed or converted to a type that produces less plutonium, a material that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Iran says it is enriching uranium only to fuel reactors, and for scientific and medical purposes. It is expected to fiercely resist demands that it limit this activity. But the six want to curb enrichment because it can also be used to make nuclear weapons.

Iran denies wanting such arms.

 
 

 

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