Putin, Rouhani discuss nuclear and security cooperation

Iran and six world powers were closer than ever to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday, but it was far from clear whether a deal could be reached with just hours to go before a deadline set by the United States congress for a quick review.


Lavrov is now in Ufa, Russian Federation attending the BRICS summit. “It is within reach”.

Before leaving Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani was quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying that “Iran is preparing itself for after the negotiations and after sanctions, in which our relations with other countries… will expand”. “But there are always issues which require special attention on our part, and I am glad that we have an opportunity to talk about this today”, Putin said.

“Even if the nuclear talks fail, our diplomacy showed the world that we are logical”. – An Iranian media report suggests that negotiations over a nuclear deal have been deadlocked due to a USA refusal to recognize Iran’s “rights”.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond spoke of “painfully slow” progress, telling reporters ministers planned to regroup Saturday “to see if we can get over the last hurdles”.

Russian Federation and China, which have never hidden their dislike of sanctions, had indicated they would support the termination of the arms embargo on Iran and United Nations missile sanctions, both of which date back to 2006. “Since then, we have seeing changes in a lot of issues, from sanctions to the period of agreement to nuclear issues”.

“I hope the document will be signed soon”, Putin said at a press conference Friday in Ufa, Russia.

From the point of view of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, the Iran nuclear crisis is a red herring.

Tehran has sought industry computers, high-speed cameras, cable fiber, and pumps for its nuclear and missile program over the last two years, according to German intelligence sources.

Germany has not taken as skeptical an eye toward the talks as France, whose top diplomat, Laurent Fabius, famously termed the 2013 Iran talks resulting in the JPOA a “fool’s deal”.

In June 2012, The New York Times reported, that “The round of penalties that come into full effect on Sunday, some historians say, represent one of the boldest uses of oil sanctions as a tool of coercion since the United States cut off oil exports to Japan in 1940″.

Iranian officials say numerous exchanges have been held with people representing Western aerospace firms to explore future deals, including meetings in several European cities.


Fred Fleitz, a ex- CIA analyst, State Department arms control official, and ex- staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said gathering intelligence on rogue state nuclear programs is hard. The U.S. has already missed the Friday congressional deadline that would have required a 30-day review.

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