Iran Nuclear Talks Hit Friction Early
Iran says it won't make weapons, world doesn't believe it
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility.   (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)

(Newser) – Talks between Iran and a group of six world powers over Iran's nuclear program began in Kazakhstan today, but insiders tell the AP things are already looking less than promising. The American and European coalitions came to ask Iran to reduce its stockpiles of enriched uranium to below the amount needed for weapons, in exchange for relaxed sanctions on the country's gold and petrochemical trade. Instead, an anonymous diplomat says, Iran surprised them by stating it has its own proposal. The terms are not yet clear, but Tehran will likely ask for a much broader sanction reprieve and fixed limits on any concessions it does make.

Both sides want the other to blink first. The Iranian negotiator says it wants the world powers to "accept the inalienable rights” of Iran to enrich uranium, reports the New York Times. But the six countries say Iran must first relinquish its stash and cut production as a sign of good faith. Talks resume tomorrow. In other nuclear-powered news, enough uranium for two nuclear weapons has been removed from the Czech Republic in order to keep it from falling into dangerous hands, reports Reuters. The material has been taken to Russia, where it will be blended down for use in nuclear reactors.

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greenlantern1
Apr 6, 2013 10:32 AM CDT
Remember Iran-Contra? Remember when Oliver North sold arms to Ahminejad's mentor, Ayatollah Khomeni? Patriotic?
JackNelsonSteward
Apr 5, 2013 8:48 PM CDT
Iran is a signatory to the non proliferation treaty. As such they have an internationally recognized and treaty guaranteed right to their nuclear program ... IF ... they follow the conditions of the treaty. They did for a long time, even shutting down their OWN program for a couple of years when there was some question about it. They seem less cooperative now. Perhaps they are concerned that the State of Israel has an operational nuclear arsenal and isn't subject to ANY regulation ... because it won't even admit it has the program. Tehran keeps calling for a nuclear free Middle East, probably because they know it would not only prevent them from developing nukes, but would eliminate the nukes in the State of Israel. Guess how all that's going over in Tel Aviv.
reallybig
Apr 5, 2013 6:08 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... If Iran doesn't want to end up like Libya .. they better hurry up and get nuclear weapons .. cause the US and NATO will surely attack them. THE TRUTH ... Qaddafi and Saddam would be alive today, if they had weapons of mass destruction. TRUTH BE TOLD ... If Iran has chemical and biological weapons .. they better load them on their missiles .. and tell the world, if attacked .. they'd use them on "any country" friendly to the attacking country. ----------------------------- REALLY