Monday, March 4, 2013

Despite Progress, Nuclear Deal With Iran Still Far Away

Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh reacts as he attends a board of governors meeting at the UN headquarters in Vienna, March 4, 2013. Photo by Reuters

In Talks With Iran, Reality Tempers Hopes On Nuclear Deal -- Washington Post

Despite unexpected progress in last week’s nuclear talks, U.S. and European governments face a difficult path to a possible deal with Iran, U.S. officials and experts warn, as politics and a deep-seated mistrust on both sides threaten to scuttle even the modest gains made so far.

Only days after negotiations that Iran hailed as a possible “turning point” in the nuclear crisis, diplomats and analysts offered a sober assessment of the obstacles to a genuine breakthrough, including factional fighting inside Iran over whether to agree to limits on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Update #1:
U.N. nuclear chief presses Iran on military base access -- Reuters
Update #2: Netanyahu says Iran using nuclear talks to "buy time" for bomb -- Reuters

My Comment: An Iranian nuclear deal is more than just "far away" .... when I continue to read reports like this one it is clear that Iran's priorities are elsewhere.

Update #3:
Nuclear watchdog agency says Iran not cooperating -- CNN

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