Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

U.S. promises caution as Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

GENEVA — International negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's disputed nuclear program resumed Wednesday, with U.S. officials insisting they would take the time necessary to reach the best possible preliminary deal despite mounting pressure for a quick agreement.

A week and a half after the past round of talks in Geneva broke off without an agreement, a U.S. negotiating team joined those of five other world powers and Iran in negotiations that are scheduled to run at least through Friday.

Representatives of the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met among themselves and with the Iranians during the day.

The six nations negotiating with Iran are preparing a deal that offers Tehran limited relief from the Western sanctions crippling its economy in return for limits on its nuclear program. Many countries fear that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability, despite its denials.

The goal of a preliminary deal is to provide time for the two sides to negotiate a final, comprehensive deal without the risk of Iran secretly forging ahead with the nuclear program during talks.

Almost all of the delegations voiced optimism that a deal was close at hand. Diplomats said that although the Iranians had left the Nov. 10 session frustrated and saying they needed to consult with their superiors in Tehran, it appeared they came back still authorized to try to hash out a deal.

U.S. officials were notably cautious.

"We want to make sure that we have taken our time to make sure this is a good deal, the right deal," a senior administration official who declined to be identified told the Washington Post.

Another inconclusive meeting could provide an opening for the many foes of a deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh from lobbying Congress to block the unfinished diplomatic product, which he calls a "bad deal," arrived in Moscow with the same message for Russian officials.

Abbas Araqchi, the deputy Iranian foreign minister, told Iranian journalists that gaps remained between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who expressed support for Iran's negotiating team, spoke to the hard-line Basiji militia Wednesday in terms suggesting that he will not soften his opposition to the United States or surrender to "red lines" on the nuclear program.

"We will not step back one iota from our rights," he said.

U.S. promises caution as Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva 11/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared

    World

    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  4. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  5. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.