Little progress in Iran nuclear talks

May 17, 2014 - 2:25:47 am
Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi arrives for a press briefing for Iranian journalists after the closed-door nuclear talks at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 16, 2014. Talks between Iran and six world powers hit a major snag Friday over the future size of a nuclear program that Tehran says it needs to expand to fuel atomic reactors, but which the U.S. fears could be used to make nuclear weapons.

VIENNA: Iran and world powers warned yesterday they were a long way from reaching a comprehensive and potentially historic nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline following tough talks in Vienna.

In the fourth round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, it was clear after three days of intense negotiations that nothing had been put to paper yet.

“The gaps were too large to begin drafting the text of an accord,” Iran’s chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state television.

A US official said the Vienna talks would resume at an unspecified date in June