Iran Nuclear Talks End with No Breakthrough
By Oren Dorell
October 17, 2013
Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers ended on a promising note Wednesday, according to the United States, but analysts cautioned that Iran had not appeared to agree on any of the major demands of the West.
Media reports that Iran had agreed to “snap” inspections of its nuclear facilities were contradicted by an Iranian negotiator.
And the Iranians continued to insist that any serious concessions to the West would not come until at least a year, by which time the United States estimates Iran may have mastered the technology and created the materials to build an atomic bomb.
Gary Samore, former chief adviser to President Obama on weapons of mass destruction, said reports on Iranian television that Iran offered to limit its enrichment of uranium — enrichment at high levels can produce fuel for a nuclear bomb — is no guarantee that the Islamic republic will not produce a bomb.
“The Iranian offer to limit the level of enrichment is not going to be sufficient,” said Samore, head of United Against Nuclear Iran.
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