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  1. Iran Rebuffs Inspectors Again on Eve of New Talks

    October 14, 2014 Policy Briefs On October 7-8, Iran refused once again to answer questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency about research with possible nuclear weapon applications, including alleged work on the initiation of high explosives an ...

  2. Deadlock Reigns in Nuclear Talks

    Yet another round of nuclear talks with Iran ended last week, with the parties in deadlock on essential points. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent six hours in talks in Vienna on October 15, where he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and ...

  3. Iran to Blame if Talks Fail, Says U.S.

    As the present nuclear talks with Iran slipped into their final month, U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman warned that the world would blame Iran if the talks failed. In a speech on October 23, Under Secretary Sherman said that Iran had been offere ...

  4. U.S. Hints at Goals for Nuclear Deal

    November 4, 2014 Policy Briefs Last week, the United States uttered the clearest statement so far of its aims for a nuclear deal with Iran.  In an interview on October 30, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry specified what he saw as “four present pathways ...

  5. October Surprise: Obama Sends Khamenei another Letter

    On November 6, the Wall Street Journal reported that in mid-October, U.S. President Barack Obama sent Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a secret letter. The Journal said the letter stressed that any cooperation against Islamic extremists operati ...

  6. Suspicion Mounts as Deadline Nears; Russia to Sell Iran More Reactors

    Suspicion about what might come out of the nuclear talks with Iran continued to mount last week. Two U.S. Senators announced their bipartisan intent to impose additional sanctions on Iran if the talks yielded a deal they saw as weak. A day earlier, Israel’ ...

  7. Talks Extended a Second Time

    On November 24 the nuclear talks with Iran were extended for an additional seven months, as Iran and six world powers failed for the second time to agree on the fate of that country’s nuclear effort. During a press conference after the extension was announ ...

  8. Relief as Talks Extended; Surrender on Bomb Research; Smuggling Ignored

    Relief was the main reaction to the announcement last week that the nuclear talks with Iran had been extended for another seven months. The main loser was the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran was supposed to explain suspicious research that seemed ...

  9. Iran Sanctions: Status Quo for Four Months?

    On December 7, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the recent extension of talks with Iran as a success, and predicted that a final deal could result in "three, four months, and hopefully even sooner.” Kerry may have been trying to fend off call ...

  10. Iran Said to Smuggle Reactor Parts

    According to a December 8 report in Foreign Policy, “in recent months” U.S. officials told a U.N. Panel monitoring Iran sanctions that “Iranian government procurement agents have been increasing their efforts to illicitly obtain equipment” for the heavy wa ...

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