Iranian Official: Nuclear Talks May be Extended

A senior Iranian negotiator says nuclear talks with world powers could be extended again if no deal is reached by November 24.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Bushehr nuclear reactor
Bushehr nuclear reactor
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A senior Iranian negotiator says nuclear talks with world powers could be extended again if no deal is reached by the November 24 deadline, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Saturday.

The negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency late on Friday as saying that an extension is under consideration and that it's "possible."

Araqchi was quoted as having said that if existing differences between Tehran and the six world powers — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — are not resolved in the upcoming round of talks next week in Vienna, a deal by the November deadline would not be possible.

The sides are seeking to settle a dispute over Tehran's nuclear work by a November 24 deadline, which was set after the sides failed to meet an earlier July 20 target date for an agreement.

The talks have been stalled for months over Iran's opposition to sharply reducing the size and output of centrifuges that can enrich uranium both to levels needed for reactor fuel or the core of nuclear warheads.

Iran says its enrichment program is only for peaceful purposes, but Washington fears it could be used to make a bomb.

The Islamic Republic has been taking an increasingly aggressive line in demanding its "right" to enrich uranium, with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently saying Iran "needs" 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than the amount being offered by world powers.

Meanwhile, members of an Iranian opposition movement revealed last week that the Islamic regime is continuing its nuclear weapon research at a secret location.

According to the Iranian resistance movement in exile Mujahedin-e Khalk, also known as MEK, Tehran is developing nuclear weapons after having relocated its research facilities to avoid detection.




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