Nuclear weapons

Iran to destroy stocks of enriched uranium

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 17, 2014

Iran is scheduled to begin neutralising its enriched uranium next week following an agreement achieved last Sunday on the implementation of the Geneva agreement signed in November.

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Iran analysis: It’s possible to hope with eyes open

By Martin Bright, November 28, 2013

Looking at the picture of EU foreign minister Cathy Ashton standing between representatives of the Iranian and American governments in Geneva late on Saturday night, it is easy to let the word “appeasement” slip from the lips.

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How will the nuclear inspections work?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed by Iran and the world powers is based on the assumption that a six-month period will be sufficient to ascertain whether Iran has begun developing its nuclear programme for peaceful or military purposes.

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Baroness Catherine Ashton: The diplomatic and political novice who makes the negotiations happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are the undisputed parents of the nuclear agreement reached on Sunday morning in Geneva, with certain bragging rights going to the diplomats who tended the secret and unofficial back-channel meetings that took place between the two countries in the months before the deal.

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Israel’s leaders divided over Iranian nuclear deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning was met with a mixture of derision and alarm by most of Israel’s political leadership. However, former intelligence chiefs and President Shimon Peres gave the deal a much more nuanced reception.

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Nuclear deal with Iran fading

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

World powers are struggling to reach a provisional deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme.

As talks in Geneva moved into a third day, Iran insisted it would not sign an agreement that did not have specific guarantees of its right to enrich uranium.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said: “We are working on narrowing the gaps but the gaps are still there.”

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Foreign Secretary William Hague hopes Israel will be included in nuclear talks

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he hopes that Israel will join an international conference aimed at creating a nuclear weapons-free Middle East.

Mr Hague said there had been a “small amount of progress” made by Britain in attempting to convene a session including countries from across the region before the end of the year.

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Vive la France for refusing to sign this mad, bad agreement

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 14, 2013

Who would have ever thought that the only thing standing between the tree-hugging brigade and a nuclear-armed Iran would be a French socialist government?

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US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran: Deal of the century or empty promise?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Last weekend’s round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group surprised almost everyone involved.

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Iranian president Rouhani may dismantle nuclear plant

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2013

Iran may close its Fordow nuclear facility in exchange for a reduction in Western-imposed sanctions, Der Spiegel has reported.

Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly considering dismantling the uranium enrichment facility and allowing inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to oversee the process.

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