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Progress in Iran nuclear talks but resolution still far away

Apr. 19, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — High-level talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are moving ahead with experts working on drafting proposals this week, but a solution remains “far away,” Russia's delegate said Monday. The U.S....

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Apr. 17, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began enriching uranium Friday to its highest-ever purity, edging close to weapons-grade levels, as it attempts to pressure negotiators in Vienna during talks on restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on its main enrichment site....

EXPLAINER: What are the Iran nuclear talks all about?

Apr. 15, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Negotiations to bring the United States back into a landmark nuclear deal with Iran resumed Thursday in Vienna amid signs of progress — but also under the shadow of an attack this week on Iran's main nuclear facility. After more than two hours of talks characterized by...

Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'

Apr. 15, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site. ...

Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever

Apr. 13, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade. The...

Iran says nuke program testing newest advanced centrifuge

Apr. 10, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has begun mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge, even as the five world powers that remain in a foundering 2015 nuclear deal with Iran attempt to bring the U.S. back into the agreement. Iran's IR-9...

Positive atmosphere, little progress in Iran nuclear talks

Apr. 09, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nascent talks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran broke Friday without any immediate signs of progress on the thorny issues dividing Washington and Tehran, but with delegates talking of a constructive atmosphere and resolving to...

Japan asks IAEA support for Fukushima tank water release

Mar. 23, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Tuesday asked the International Atomic Energy Agency for support carrying out the future release of massive amounts of treated but still-radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, most likely into the sea. Japan wants...

UN atomic watchdog: Return to Iran nuclear deal possible

Mar. 18, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remains possible, but both sides need to be prepared to negotiate, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog suggested to European lawmakers on Tuesday. Washington pulled out of the deal unilaterally in 2018...

Official: Israel upgrading contingency plans for Iran attack

Mar. 05, 2021 09:32 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said his country is upgrading contingency plans to strike Iranian targets if Tehran shows signs of nuclear escalation, the latest sign of rising tensions between the two archenemies. Benny Gantz told the American cable...