Iran, six powers face "significant gaps" in nuclear talks
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:34
April 9 - Negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggle to narrow ''significant gaps,'' blocking the way to a long-term nuclear deal. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Iran and six world powers are struggling to narrow their differences in a nuclear agreement.
That was the take away on Wednesday in Vienna, where top negotiators met for two days as they draft an agreement curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
European Union Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is coordinating the talks for the six world powers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, CATHERINE ASHTON, SAYING:
"A lot of intensive work will be required to overcome the differences which naturally still exist at this stage in the process. We will now move to the next phase in the negotiations in which we will aim to bridge the gaps in all the key areas and work on the concrete elements of a possible comprehensive agreement."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif read an identical statement in Farsi.
(SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD ZARIF, SAYING: (READING SAME STATEMENT AS THAT OF ASHTON)
"We will now move to the next phase in the negotiations in which we will aim to bridge the gaps in all the key areas and work on the concrete elements of a possible comprehensive agreement."
They may have read from the same page but they're not ON the same page when it comes to details of the agreement.
Among the toughest obstacles, Iran's future uranium enrichment capacity...Its nuclear facilities that Western powers think have little or no civilian value...And how to gradually remove the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.
Negotiators are trying to reach a self-imposed deadline of July 20.
The next round of talks begin in Vienna on May 13.
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