Iran and world powers agreed on a framework for future nuclear talks and will return to Vienna in mid-March for another round, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told the state-run IRNA news agency.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, a business empire as well as the country’s most powerful military force, have been a vocal critic of recent nuclear diplomacy. President Hassan Rouhani is fighting back, setting up a contest that may shape his presidency.
The Obama administration is concerned Iran is on the verge of enriching uranium at a facility deep underground near the Muslim holy city of Qom, a move that may strengthen those advocating tougher action to stop Iran’s suspected atomic weapons program.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will confront concerns tomorrow from Mideast and European allies that a U.S. plan to send small arms won’t do enough to bolster Syrian rebels battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as some U.S. lawmakers said they share Israel’s view favoring more sanctions aimed at curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.