Venue for nu­clear talks re­mains un­clear

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

VI­ENNA | Iran and six world pow­ers have agreed to meet on April 13 for new talks about Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gram, but the fail­ure of pre­vi­ous meet­ings and dis­putes over what should be dis­cussed are keep­ing them from choos­ing a venue, diplo­mats told the As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day.

Three diplo­mats from Western na­tions ac­cred­ited to the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency said the start­ing date is set and they ex­pect the dis­pute over the venue to be re­solved in time.

The bick­er­ing over the lo­ca­tion af­ter days of talks ap­peared to re­flect the deep dif­fer­ences be­tween the two sides that have doomed pre­vi­ous meet­ings dur­ing which Iran has re­fused to even dis­cuss in­ter­na­tional de­mands that it curb nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties that could be used as part of a weapons pro­gram.

The main stum­bling block re­mains uranium en­rich­ment.

Iran says the ex­pan­sion of its en­rich­ment pro­gram is meant only to pro­vide nu­clear fuel, but the United States and other na­tions say Iran’s nu­clear record is sus­pi­cious.

Tehran started en­rich­ing in se­cret and last year be­gan en­rich­ing to higher lev­els that bring it closer to the point where it could turn its pro­gram into pro­duc­ing fis­sile war­head ma­te­rial at an un­der­ground bunker that could be im­per­vi­ous to at­tack from the air.

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