APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief
VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Iran talks in endgame, inching close to nuclear deal
After months of intense negotiations, global powers and Iran launched into a key weekend of talks Saturday amid signs they may be within sight of a historic nuclear deal to end a 13-year standoff. While all sides remained cautious, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world had "never been closer" to reaching an unprecedented accord with his country aimed at blocking Iran's pathways to developing nuclear arms. In signs of a possible breakthrough on one of the thorniest issues still blocking a deal, the IAEA announced Saturday that it may be able to complete a probe into whether Iran has ever sought nuclear weapons by the end of the year.
Report on past Iran nuclear work could be ready by year end: IAEA
By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog could issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency's chief said on Saturday. "With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the assessment of the clarification of the issues related to the possible military dimensions," International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Yukiya Amano told reporters. Answering the IAEA's so-far unresolved questions about the possible military dimensions (PMD) of past Iranian nuclear research will be a condition for easing some sanctions on Iran if Tehran and six powers succeed in agreeing on an historic nuclear accord in Vienna, diplomats close to the talks say.
Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA
A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran's help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday. "With the cooperation from Iran I think we can issue a report by the end of the year on the ... clarification of the issues related to possible military dimensions," Amano told reporters before heading into talks with global powers in Vienna. Both Iran and the United States have said that the talks are in the endgame, as they inch towards a deal.
Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion
Yemen's dominant Houthi movement said on Saturday a pause in fighting to last until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was under discussion with the United Nations to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page he had met U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Friday to discuss the matter. An Arab coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.