Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks break off, to resume next week




 
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March 20th, 2015  
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Topic: Deadlocked Iran nuclear talks break off, to resume next week


By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers suspended negotiations on a nuclear agreement and were set to meet again next week to break a deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions, Western officials said on Friday. France was demanding more stringent restrictions on the Iranians under any deal than the other Western delegations, officials said. A European negotiator said the six power group - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - was generally unified but voiced concern that the Obama administration was under pressure due to concerns Republican-led Congress might wreck any agreement. "The great ?paradox is that Congress and Israel have put the pressure on the Americans instead of pressuring Iran which is what we need to be doing," the official said.




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