Forthcoming IAEA Report Will Announce Continued Uranium Enrichment by Iran

By: Friday August 24, 2012 10:15 am

Looks like we’re scheduled to endure another round of hype about Iran’s nuclear program. David Sanger writes in today’s New York Times about an imminent IAEA report. International nuclear inspectors will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel while [...]

The Meaning of “Capability” in the Iran Debate

By: Monday July 30, 2012 6:15 am

Mitt Romney’s national security advisor Dan Senor caused a stir yesterday when he said the candidate would respect a decision by Israel to unilaterally strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. This sent the Romney campaign into yet another round of damage control on this overseas tour. But the bigger issue was a separate statement said by [...]

Iran and the West Quietly Resume Negotiations on Nuclear Program

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 8:55 am

Since the beginning of the Iranian oil embargo imposed by the EU July 1, the press reports have sought to increase tensions between Iran and the West rather than reduce them. Witness today’s story about Iran disguising its oil tankers to get around the embargo, proving their duplicity and desperation. Or witness the highlighting of [...]

Iran Warms to Negotiations as Senate Tries to Shut Them Down

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 10:28 am

Iran has agreed to discuss proposals to limit its uranium enrichment at talks in the next week in Moscow over its nuclear program. A tense exchange of letters between EU diplomats, who deal with Iran on behalf of the six powers, and Iranian officials had earlier appeared to suggest Tehran may be backtracking on its [...]

Hardliners on Both Sides Push Iran Diplomacy Further Apart

By: Monday May 28, 2012 9:00 am

Hopes that last week’s diplomatic round between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran would produce progress on the nuclear question have begun to wane, hampered by a media pushback from hardliners on both sides. From the West, we’ve had a series of somewhat dubious articles about [...]

Iran-West Nuclear Negotiations Will Continue in June

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 12:57 pm

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, wrapped up today in Baghdad and the best news from the meeting is that there will be another round of talks, in Moscow, next month. As long as the two sides keep talking, something good could transpire. The [...]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Begin

By: Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:01 am

Nuclear talks between the P5 +1 – permanent Security Council members China, Russia, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany – and Iran begin today in Baghdad. This comes on the heels of an imminent announcement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, based on talks from recent days in Tehran. So the diplomacy [...]

Iran Counter-Offers on Uranium Enrichment

By: Monday April 9, 2012 9:36 am

This is a critical week for US-Iran policy. Talks begin in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program, and the US laid out some preconditions that appeared similar to what President Bush would do as a precursor to negotiations. The preconditions essentially equal the entire negotiations themselves: if Iran stops all uranium enrichment and closes their nuclear [...]

Iran Nuclear Talks Break Down

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 9:30 am

Talks aimed at a resolution between Iran and the West over their nuclear program collapsed today, with no progress and no timetable for future talks. Overall the negotiations sounded like a huge waste of time. Western officials expressed disappointment, but not surprise. They reiterated that their proposals, including a modified deal under which Iran would [...]

Bill Richardson Brokers North Korea Diplomatic Deal

By: Monday December 20, 2010 6:23 am

Bill Richardson, the utility diplomat on the Democratic bench, has secured a deal with North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors back in their Yongbyon nuclear facility. They also agreed to allow fuel rods to ship to an outside country, probably South Korea, for enrichment. And, the US will receive some remains from Korean War-era soldiers: [...]

Iran Announces Yellowcake Uranium Breakthrough Prior to EU Talks

By: Monday December 6, 2010 8:15 am

This week, Iran will meet with European Union negotiators about its nuclear program. Predictably, right at that time, the country announced it had the ability to make yellowcake uranium on its own. Iran announced on Sunday that its entire nuclear fuel cycle is now self-sufficient. With two-day talks beginning in Geneva tomorrow between six world [...]

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