As Iran Talks Falter, Rouhani Calls Enrichment 'Red Line'
Talks end with progress but no deal; will resume Nov. 20
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2013 7:08 AM CST
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Nuclear talks with Iran have failed to reach agreement, but Kerry...   (Jason Reed)

(Newser) – Iranian officials said today it made progress with world powers during "serious" talks over Tehran's nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment as negotiations move into tougher ground. The remarks on enrichment repeat past declarations on the country's "right" to produce nuclear fuel, which is a key element of the talks. But President Hasan Rouhani and his top envoys seek to assure hard-line critics that Iran will not make sweeping concessions, which ended without agreement in Geneva early today and are scheduled to resume next week.

All sides proclaimed progress, and in an important shift, the US and others no longer appear to demand a complete halt to enrichment and are concentrating on curbing the highest-level production, currently at 20%. In an address to parliament, Rouhani said uranium enrichment is a "red line" that cannot be crossed. "Nuclear rights in the international framework, including uranium enrichment, on its soil" are not negotiable, Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. "For us red lines are not crossable." Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu said today he had spoken with the leaders of the US, Russia, France, Britain and Germany, pressing them to not reach a hasty deal. "I asked them to delay and I'm glad they did. I do not fool myself—there will be an agreement. I hope it will (be) a good one." The next round of talks is set for Nov. 20.

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Nov 10, 2013 6:57 PM CST
The West has more to fear than Iran. Who knows when the Muslim crazies might steal or even make nuclear weapons capable of “wiping Israel off the face of the earth”? Some of the USSR’s nuclear weapons went missing with the collapse of that government. Pakistan has its own nuclear might, and we do not know North Korea’s nuclear capability. India and Turkey possess large Muslim populations as well as nuclear weapons. Who knows when Israel, in a fit of paranoia, will employ its own nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike and draw the rest of the world into World War III?
Nov 10, 2013 6:55 PM CST
Thanks to Righteous Jew Mordechai Vanunu, we know that Israel years ago became one of the world’s major nuclear powers--which makes Israel’s concern in this Iranian matter a tiny bit hypocritical. Mr. Vanunu became horrified by Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program in which he worked. Just days before Vanunu was scheduled to reveal this program to the BBC and thus to the world, Mossad kidnapped him from Britain. After serving several years in an Israeli prison, Vanunu gained freedom in 2004 on the condition that he not leave Israel. He now lives in an apartment in east Jerusalem.
Nov 10, 2013 12:01 PM CST
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Are you guys still playing that foolish old woman Hillary Clinton's Sanctions game against Iran ? Iran will survive his Nuke program just like India and Pakistan have their long-range, middle-range and short-range missiles to install their nuclear warheads and NO ONE will point a finger to them. In fact, Israeli-Jews and Asian-Indians ONLY provide Votes to Obama and the Democratic Party more than 76% votes, they NEVER will vote Republicans anyway; our Republicans & TEA only ambition is to gain our 30,000+ Iranian-American households in Southern California to VOTE for our 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate (USC and UCLA, UT-Austin and Texas A&M for 2016 RICK PERRY) to carry the California's 55 Electoral Votes for 2016 RICK PERRY just like Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan who had NEVER need to fire a shot !