Iran’s foreign minister says Washington’s “wishes are unlikely to come true” at upcoming talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program.
Iran has begun to curb its atomic work in exchange for easing of international sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiations with Iran represent the “best chance” for the world to calm fears about Tehran’s nuclear program and achieve long-term peace.
President Barack Obama called the breakthrough agreement between Iran and six world powers an important “first step” toward resolving a dangerous nuclear situation.
When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast — a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue.
The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the Senate to hold off on another round of Iran sanctions as Western powers test Tehran’s willingness to scale back its nuclear aims.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands of a “murderous” regime if the international community lifts sanctions on Iran without ensuring the guaranteed end to uranium enrichment.
Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will negotiate with Iran only if Tehran provides proof that it is not pursuing nuclear weapons, reports the New York Times.
The presidents of America and Iran may meet briefly next week for the first time, marking a symbolic but significant step toward easing their countries’ tense relationship.
Iran’s top leader said Sunday he has not prohibited talks with the U.S. but urged caution with any possible dialogue, describing the American government as untrustworthy.