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US, Iran Enter into Separate Talks to Salvage Nuclear Negotiations

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:39:05 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department announced Saturday that Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will travel to Geneva to meet with Iranian officials regarding nuclear talks.

On Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. envoys will consult with the Iranian officials "in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations led by EU High Representative Cathy Ashton."

Ongoing nuclear talks with Iran have stalled and the meetings could be a last-ditch attempt to reinvigorate the discussions.

For months, the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to hammer out an agreement acceptable to Tehran that would involve reining in the Iranian nuclear program.

However, Iran appears to be balking at recommendations for scaling back its capacity to enrich uranium. The West still fears Tehran is determined to develop nuclear weapons while the Iranians maintain their program is for peaceful purposes.

It's notable that Burns is participating in the bilateral talks since he led the discussions last year that put a temporary halt to some of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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