Iran wants limits on nuclear work eased before any deal expires – officials

(Reuters) – Iran is pressing major world powers to agree to start easing some restrictions on its atomic program earlier than Western countries are willing to accept, Western and Iranian officials told Reuters.

This is one of the sticking points that divide negotiators from Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in the Swiss city of Lausanne as an end-March deadline for a framework agreement approaches, the officials said.

So far a framework agreement is not in sight.

One of the main sticking points, Western officials say, is Iran’s insistence on the right to conduct unfettered research and development into advanced enrichment centrifuges, machines that purify uranium for use as fuel for reactors or, if very highly enriched, for weapons.

“The problem is about the number of centrifuges that Iran wants to keep for R&D … which is one of our red lines,” a senior Iranian official said on condition of anonymity…

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  • well sure on account it’s all peaceful.

  • And Obama will give Iran whatever it wants.

  • barryjr

    I have to wonder what Obama’s end game is here. We all know that he hates North American oil producers and wants them to go away. When the treaty is signed sanctions against Iraq will be lifted and the Iraqis will flood the market with oil and they won’t care if they only get $35/bbl because that is alot more than not being able to sell it. I know some has been getting out but not as much as will. With the desperate Iraqi economy they will keep pumping out cheap oil and destroy the North American oil industry. Buckwheat doesn’t care because he won’t have to deal with a nuclear Iraq it’ll be someone else’ problem.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama will 100% cave to everything in order to get this deal done right now. The day after that, Iran will announce it’s controlling the Straits of Hormuz and oil shoots up to $200 a barrel. Nukes to follow. Hope and Change.