Iran Puts Nuclear Talks on Hold

After White House cracks down on companies that support the country’s nuclear program

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Iran angrily suspended negotiations with world powers late Thursday after the White House announced new measures to crack down on companies that support the country’s nuclear program.

Diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, said they expect Iran to rejoin talks in the coming days, even after Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told the semi-official state news agency that the measures are “against the spirit” of the interim deal reached in November.

“We are evaluating the situation and Iran will react accordingly to the new sanctions imposed on 19 companies and individuals,” Araqchi told the Fars news agency Friday, according to Reuters. The Russian foreign ministry echoed Iran’s concerns in a statement.

The White House measures announced Thursday appeared timed to preempt Congress — which is largely skeptical of the interim deal — from imposing new potential sanctions on Iran, a move that Iran has said would kill any deal.

The temporary deal negotiated last month in Geneva begins lifting crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a partial freeze in its nuclear program while a longer-term deal is hashed out in high level talks like those in Vienna this week.

Kerry, on a visit to Israel, said he expects talks to resume in the next few days, Reuters reports.

“We have been hard at it in Vienna,” he said. “We are making progress but I think that they’re at a point in those talks where folks feel a need to consult and take a moment.”

[Reuters]

13 comments
AjaxLessome
AjaxLessome

Just goes to show you that Iran is talking and all or nothing approach to nuke talks. They want sanctions relief without really giving up anything all the while they continually seek ways to skirt current sanctions. The true measure of Iran's intent is hoe they have always sought to evade sanctions and build their Nuke program in secrecy. These negotiations are not any different

borisklesko
borisklesko

obama and his clown possy are going to stall this out until iran has their damn bomb. 

mian84306
mian84306

DSFAFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Bravo Rouhani! The bluster of Israel is affecting Obama's efforts to reach out to Iran. The reality is that Obama is eager to build on his legacy as the peace maker. Calling off talks is very appropriate, considering the silly posturing by the US

Karl
Karl

every time I post it disappears.


Karl
Karl

Obama, again proving weaker than the iron-willed Netanyahu and our Israeli Lobby-dominated Congress looks to have sabotaged the one big success of his presidency, the opening up of Iran, akin to Nixon's opening up of Red China in 72. This would be similar to the effects we are seeing today in his health care law, that was supposed to define his presidency, but was gerrymandered to try to get support from the right. All  the nation got from that bending over backward by Obama was a bad bill. I voted for him twice and he really was the only US politician who could have brokered this deal with Iran. Hillary has the balls Obama lacks but she wouldn't even have thought about standing up to the Israeli Lobby. Obama's will be a failed presidency, a care taker presidency governing in the hangover aftermath of economic collapse and wars everywhere. He will probably be followed by someone who will drag us into the worst war we've been in since Japan bombed Hawaii.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@sridhar.sid 

Agreed. Now Israel can bomb Iran's nuke facilities with impunity, and the world will be better off.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@seyed1954

And by the way, about 1/2 of Iran's population wants a fully secular government. But the ferocious power of the Mullahs will not allow this to happen, and Iran will continue as a religious government. It is a terrible shame that these religious creeps keep their people locked in the 7th century.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@seyed1954

If you were American, you would know who is in that photo. Old man.... ha....

Lovely sentiment, telling people to die. Such ideals are built into Sharia Islam. And with a name like "Seyed" you would know all about wishing death on people, wouldn't you? 

American's wish LIFE for all other people, which is why we are against Iran getting nuclear weapons. Iran is Sharia, which pronounces death to non-Muslims. We are not against Iranians, we are against a religion of death.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@sxs0214

If we keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, yes, bombing is not only the best solution, it is the ONLY solution. I'm talking about bombing nuke facilities, not people. Remember, Iran is a Sharia Law country, led by religious fanatics who think killing infidels is God's plan. We must prevent them from gaining nuclear weapons at all costs.