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Iran says nuclear talks constructive but yielded no progress

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 00:45

May 16 - Iran's deputy foreign minister calls talks with six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program constructive but without progress so far. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Friday that no progress had been made during talks with major powers to overcome their differences over Tehran's nuclear program. "Negotiations will continue," Abbas Araqchi told reporters at the end of the fourth round of negotiations between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia. "It doesn't mean we are disappointed, it doesn't mean that we have failed. No, we will continue our negotiations. This was the first round of real negotiations. In previous rounds of negotiations, we had only brainstorming sessions. The goal of this round was to draft an agreement. We feel that differences are still there and we should wait for the time when we can start drafting with the positions being closer together." The negotiations began in February and are aimed at reaching a long-term deal by July 20 to curb sensitive parts of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a gradual lifting of sanctions. After three months of comparing expectations rather than negotiating possible compromises, the sides had planned at the May 13-16 meeting to start drafting the text of a final agreement that could overcome many years of enmity and mistrust and dispel fears of a devastating, wider Middle East war. The six powers want Iran to agree to scale back uranium enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activity and accept more rigorous U.N. inspections to deny it any capability of quickly producing atomic bombs, in exchange for an end to sanctions. Tehran denies having any such underlying ambition, saying its nuclear program is for only for power generation and medical purposes.

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Iran says nuclear talks constructive but yielded no progress

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 00:45