Last week, I explained how upcoming nuclear talks could get bogged down in disagreement if Western powers demand that Iran, as a confidence-building measure, stop enriching uranium to 20 percent (which is steps away from weapons-grade material) and ship existing stockpiles of the higher grade uranium out of the country.
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the United States and its European allies will indeed open negotiations with this demand, along with a call for Iran to shutter a nuclear facility burrowed under a mountain:
The hard-line approach would require the country's military leadership to
give up the Fordo enrichment plant outside the holy city of Qum, and with it a
huge investment in the one facility that is most hardened against airstrikes.
The world’s nuclear powers will meet with Iranian diplomats this week in Moscow, where Iran will probably insist that it should have the right to enrich uranium while Western nations demand cuts in Iran’s nuclear program. Read full ...
Tensions are rising over Iran's uranium enrichment program, which the U.S. and Europe insist is part of a surreptitious bid to build nuclear weapons. Iran's Islamist leaders, who maintain that they're only interested in nuclear ener...
Iran is in discussions with six world powers, including Russia, about the exchange of enriched uranium for natural ore, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.
Iran and six world powers made little progress in overcoming significant disagreements in the most recent round of nuclear talks, including on uranium enrichment, Iranian and Western diplomats close to the negotiations said on Frida...