Source: Tehran Times
The Challenge of Negotiations
(cartoon by Hadi Heidari, Shahrvand daily)
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says the world powers and Iran are closer than they have ever been to a comprehensive agreement over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Speaking at her daily press briefing on Tuesday, Harf told reporters that Iran's nuclear program is frozen for the first time in the last decade, describing it as a "significant achievement."
"We are sitting at the negotiating table seeing if we can get a comprehensive agreement, closer than we've ever been to a comprehensive agreement while their program is frozen for the first time in a decade. That, I think, is a pretty significant achievement," she said.
Elsewhere in her remarks, Harf reiterated her claims that the sanctions imposed on Iran by the West have brought the country to the negotiating table.
The American ABC News published a report on its website on Monday in which it put an Iran nuclear agreement with the world powers on the New Year's wish list of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The June 2013 election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who promised a "path of moderation," gave the United States and its negotiating partners a new opportunity to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program, the report said.
Kerry sounded optimistic in November 2013, shortly after talks with Iranian nuclear negotiator Mohammad Zarif began. "Our hope is that President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif want to build this different relationship, want to show in clear ways as we go forward that the program is peaceful," the report stated.
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