Reuters about the nuclear talk between Iran and the six powers

January 10, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-iran-nuclear-khamenei-idUSBREA080F820140109

Nuclear experts from Iran and the six powers have held several rounds of talks since November 24 to resolve various technical issues before the interim deal can be put into place.

The experts have to work out when the accord will be implemented. Western diplomats and Iranian officials say the six powers and Iran want to start implementing the deal on January 20.

“First the interim agreement needs to be implemented. I think that by the end of January, or at least I hope, it will be implemented. That’s the interim period,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday.

Diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday that the nuclear talks on implementing the landmark November deal have run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, highlighting the huge challenges facing Iran and the six powers in negotiating the precise terms of the deal.

Iran says centrifuge research is crucial. Centrifuges purify uranium for use as fuel in atomic power plants or, if purified further, weapons.

If the talks succeed, they plan to start talks on a long-term deal to resolve a more than decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

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