Iran and world powers edged closer to breaking the decade-long stalemate over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, saying an initial accord is possible when they convene for a second day of negotiations tomorrow.
Iran’s new government enters nuclear negotiations today with limited economic leverage, seeking relief from oil sanctions that have squeezed as much as $5 billion a month from its revenues as the world has found other suppliers.
Georgia’s billionaire prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, wrapped up a clean sweep of the Black Sea nation’s top jobs as his candidate won an election to replace outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Iran proposed tighter monitoring of its nuclear program within a six-month period to verify it’s not pursuing atomic weapons during the first talks with world powers since it pledged to end a decade-old standoff.
The European Union said “more clarity” is needed on the situation in Syria after U.S. intelligence agencies reported “with varying degrees of confidence” that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have used small amounts of sarin nerve gas.