Netanyahu on US TV: Iran’s missile program aims at you, not us

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to CNN on April 5, 2015 on the recent agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. (Photo credit: screenshot/CNN)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to CNN on April 5, 2015 on the recent agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. (Photo credit: screenshot/CNN)

 PM says alternative to the new, ‘bad deal’ with Iran is not war, but ‘standing firm for better deal’; Feinstein: This can backfire on him

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Obama details ‘historic’ nuke deal with Iran, Jerusalem slams ‘dangerous capitulation’

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to talk about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president said the Iran nuclear deal -- if completed -- will make US, allies and the world safer. (photo credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to talk about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president said the Iran nuclear deal — if completed — will make US, allies and the world safer. (photo credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President says agreement cuts off ‘every path’ to a bomb; Officials in Israel: It legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program; Zarif: No facilities closing; Joy in streets of Tehran

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Iran agrees with world powers to four-month nuclear deadline extension

Iran nuclear talks open in Vienna

Catherine Ashton with Javad Zarif and the Iranian ambassador to Austria Hassan Tajik during the talks Photo: AFP

Iran and world powers strike deal to extend their Sunday deadline to strike a nuclear accord easing fears Tehran will get the bomb

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Iran Nuclear Talks End Without a Deal

Iran Describes Nuclear Talks As ‘Positive’

A summit with six world powers about uranium enrichment closes after two days, although they have pledged to meet again.

 
Participants sit at a table during talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Almaty
SOURCENuclear talks in Almaty have ended after two days

By Tim Marshall, Foreign Affairs Editor

Negotiations between Iran and international powers have ended with only an agreement to meet again.

A breakthrough was not expected during the two days of talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty, but the Iranian side did say they had been “positive”.

Technical negotiations will now be held in Istanbul on March 18 and there will be another round of political talks in early April.

Six world powers, the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China went into the talks hoping to persuade Tehran to reduce its uranium enrichment and close the Fordow plant due to suspicions that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons.

An offer to ease economic sanctions against Iran was on the table.

Iran, which says its enrichment work is only for peaceful purposes, responded by saying it would discuss the offer.

Its chief negotiator Saeed Jalili said the six powers had tried “to get closer to our viewpoint” and was prepared to discuss reducing uranium enrichment at a later date, but appeared to rule out closing Fordow which is buried deep inside a mountain.

If Iran is serious, then the talks could be presented as a small step towards a peaceful resolution of what is feared could turn into a crisis leading to military action. 

The sanctions against Iran do now appear to be hurting the regime in Tehran.

This could be the cause of the slightly more conciliatory tone from Iran at the talks, but in the past Iran has repeatedly played for time, whilst speeding up its enrichment process en route to getting to a “break out” position when it can quickly move to building a weapon.

Possible evidence of that work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, which published a satellite picture of the Arak heavy-water production plant in Iran.

It shows what looks like steam coming from a building. This indicates the production of heavy water which is required to produce plutonium.

If Iran is doing this, it suggests a dual path towards a nuclear weapon.

Both uranium and plutonium can be used to make a nuclear device. 

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