Iran Walks Away from Nuclear Deal

John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State said that Iran backed away from a deal regarding its nuclear program during meetings in Geneva with world powers on Saturday.

Amidst reports that reservations by France ruined a possible agreement, Kerry, while in Abu Dhabi, said the French had signed off on the deal, as did the U.S.

However, Kerry added that Iran was not able to accept the agreement at the moment.

Kerry said the hope was that over the next couple of months, they would find one agreement that meets the standards of everyone.

Iranian representatives and the P5+1 group – China, Russian, France, the UK, the U.S. plus Germany will all meet again on November 20, said officials close to the situation.

Iran has stressed that its current nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, but the international community suspect the Iranians are seeking the development of nuclear weapons.

On Monday in another development, the International Atomic Energy Agency head, Yukiya Amano announced that the agency agreed to a roadmap of cooperation with Iran so the remaining issues can be resolved.

Six information or access issues are to be addressed during the next 90 days, offering a test of the willingness of Iran to provide more clarity about its nuclear activities.

Progress between the IAEA and Iran is viewed by nuclear experts as an important parallel track to the current talks with the major powers and Iran.

Amano said the agreement was an important first step. It now opens the door for inspectors to visit the plant being built near Arak and the uranium mine outside Bandar Abbas. It also provides for measures the watchdog from the United Nations has requested to be implemented.

Iran said the Arak reactor is for radioisotopes production for medical purposes. However, its spent fuel will have plutonium that is suitable to be used for nuclear weapons.

Reports say that the most recent talks failed due to France wanting to place tighter restrictions on the Arak facility.

However, diplomats from the U.S. said the government of Iran’s insistence of a formal recognition of the right to enrich uranium was the major stumbling block.

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