Report: Iran opens uranium-conversion plant

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran inaugurated a new plant Saturday to convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons as part of its interim atomic deal with world powers, its official news agency reported.

The report by IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear agency, saying that the plant will convert uranium hexafluoride, which can be used to make nuclear weapons and fuel. It will become uranium dioxide, which can only be used in nuclear reactors, he said.

Uranium trade increasing on sanction fears


Fears that Russian sanctions might affect the availability of uranium has boosted trading activity in the sector, Platts reports.

Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks.

The president told reporters Wednesday that he will consult with Congress and allies to determine whether negotiations need to be extended after the July 20 deadline.

Japanese reactor restarts could boost struggling uranum prices


Japan's move to vouch for the safety of two idled reactors is a step toward a nuclear restart in the country, a development market analysts say could boost struggling uranium prices, Bloomberg reports.

Iranian Nukes: Gaps remain, but talks continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West.

Sunday's deadline for an agreement could be extended, but that issue is controversial, too. And without an accord on the nuclear talks, the U.S. risks losing opportunities to negotiate with Iran on other pressing regional issues, including sectarian fighting in Syria and Iraq that is threatening to rip apart the Mideast.

Iran lays out possible deal that features nuclear freeze

The New York Times

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told The New York Times that Iran is willing to freeze its nuclear fuel production capacity for seven years in exchange for sanction relief in an effort to reach a deal with world powers ahead of a July 20 deadline.

Facing deadline, US and Iran press nuclear talks

VIENNA (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the Middle East and beyond that have Washington and Tehran aligned in some places but often opposed.

The state of U.S.-Iranian relations was adding a new wrinkle to the long negotiation aimed at curbing the Islamic republic's uranium and plutonium programs.

Kerry, top Iranian diplomat to hold in-depth talks

VIENNA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran's top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement.

The scheduled talks come a day after Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany failed to reach a breakthrough on uranium enrichment and other issues standing in the way of a deal that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the end of nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran.

Kerry confirmed to join Iran nuke talks

The Wall Street Journal

As a July 20 deadline approaches for a deal between Iran and world powers over its nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry will officially join negotiations in Vienna this weekend, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Foreign ministers to step into Iran talks

The Wall Street Journal

Foreign ministers from the six world powers currently engaged in talks with Iran over its nuclear program are expected to join in, with Secretary John Kerry potentially entering negotiations over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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