The specter of Crimea hangs over Iran’s nuclear talks resuming today, as world powers locked in a confrontation over Russia’s move to annex the region find themselves on the same side during negotiations with the Islamic Republic.
Whether Iran should scale back its missile program and dismantle a mountainside enrichment facility are among issues complicating the task for the Islamic Republic and world powers trying to build on a temporary nuclear accord.
The Obama administration will urge China and other governments in Asia, the Middle East and South America to impose sanctions on Iran in a widening effort to persuade the regime to abandon any pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The U.S. government is concerned Iran may be working with Chinese companies to obtain sensitive technology that may be useful for developing a nuclear weapons capability, Robert Einhorn , the State Department’s special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, said yesterday.
A senior U.S. official said Japan agrees on the need to increase pressure on Iran to prevent the Mideast nation from developing nuclear weapons, and sought to ease concerns that doing so will drive up oil prices.
After encouraging signs at the United Nations and the highest-level contact between the U.S. and Iran in 35 years -- a phone call between President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani -- hurdles still line the path to a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Obama administration is on the defensive days before Iran nuclear negotiations are scheduled to resume in Geneva, as critics in Israel and in the U.S. Congress say Iran would concede too little and gain too much from an easing of international economic sanctions.