Iran, US Still Way Apart on Centrifuges; Talks Extended
Negotiators miss deadline, but extend talks 4 months
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2014 8:52 AM CDT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media after closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

(Newser) – Iran and six world powers failed today to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal but agreed to extend the talks until Nov. 24. Months of exhausting negotiations were meant to culminate in an agreement by tomorrow that would limit programs Iran says it needs to produce energy and for other peaceful purposes—but which can also be used to make nuclear arms. In return, Tehran would have gotten progressive relief from all nuclear-related sanctions on its economy. With both the US and Tehran facing pressure from powerful skeptics at home, the two sides tried to put a good face on what had been accomplished, while acknowledging that full agreement was a distance away.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew into Vienna a week ago to try and advance the talks, said stretching out the talks "is warranted by the progress we've made and the path forward we can envision," while a Tehran statement cited "tangible progress." The main dispute remains over uranium enrichment. Up to last week, Iran, which insists it does not want nuclear arms, pushed to be allowed to expand its enrichment program over the next eight years to a level that would need about 190,000 current model centrifuges. It now has about 20,000 centrifuges, and diplomats say Washington wants no more than 2,000.

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dan6807
Jul 20, 2014 1:52 PM CDT
Iran doesn't need any enrichment unless it is trying to build a a bomb. If Iran really cared about it's people they would acknowledge this. Instead this is just another ploy to remove sanctions like they always do. They are still stupid and we are still stupider.
Ucantusethatname
Jul 19, 2014 2:59 PM CDT
We all knew this would happen. That Iran would stall and stall, and no agreement would be in place. So much for make-nice diplomacy. We have no real leader, and our country needs one.
DougMasters
Jul 19, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
After the USA Takes Iraq as the 51'st state UK Can take Iran and Turkey as part of the UK USA Can also take Jordan and Palestine as one state, the 52nd state named ( Two countries that don't matter ) Germany should take Syria, France should take Yemen and Oman, ( another one no one gives a sh*t about ) Now Saudi Arabia would be surrounded by nations who have actual civil laws and modern civics that all practice a much greater degree of freedom. over 20 years the citizens of those now "states" having full representation in actual modern societies wouldn't go back to older repressive ways for anything, especially when the old start to die out. Your regular normal citizens would eventually see terrorists that promote abuse of women, children and forced religion as uncivilized relics and would not support them as constantly or as openly. Leaving Saudi Arabia as it is gives all those pesky woman abusing state religion types a place to run too. Sure there are bound to be fighting, our ongoing battle with terrorism. But that would even stabilize considering the large region being brought into civilized representation.