October 17th, 2013
02:27 PM ET

Iranian officials optimistic after Geneva talks

By Laura Smith-Spark and Jim Sciutto

A day after talks in Geneva between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear ambitions ended on a promising note, Iran's state-run news agency quoted government officials as expressing optimism that differences can be resolved.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, all countries with permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany - "has accepted the overall framework of Tehran's new proposal to settle differences but said we should wait for their practical measures," IRNA reported Thursday.

"Araqchi further referred to uranium enrichment as Iran's red line in the negotiations, adding that Iran could still negotiate over the level and the volume of enrichment," it added.

According to Araqchi, who is taking a lead role in the negotiations, the sides could reach an agreement in as little as three to six months.

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  4. Random

    Chances are israel is right on the timeline for iran finishing all prep, (<1month) which explains why they are all of the sudden ready to talk. It serves their interest further, to allow destruction of the program once they have made enough for their purposes. Iran will likely never fire the weapon themselves but give it away to islamist . By giving in now they achieve plausible deniability when that happens.
    I smell a rat.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  5. dougjmiller

    Of course, the Iranian regime is happy as the world powers attempt to appease it. Iran is controlled by a radical Islamic dictatorship. The ayatollahs at the top continue to brutally oppress the Persian people, to be the major sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world, and to race to acquire nuclear weapons to intimidate and possibly incinerate other nations. We should remember Chamberlain gloating over an agreement with Hitler that wasn't worth the paper it was written on.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  6. the blood

    This is a fool's game! The grand ayatollah still sits on his throne. Rouhani has no power, except the power to deceive the West for his ayatollah. Almost a hundred years ago Neville Chamberlain made all sorts of concessions to Hitler in an attempt to appease him. Hitler's thinking? "If you're dumb enough to bite, I'm smart enough to bait." And the rest, as we say, is history. Yet we still never seem to learn from it, do we?

    October 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Quite true the blood, quite true. Yes, the American people do need to wise up and quit listening to all these right-wing politicians like Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, and so on. There is no glory in fighting all these useless and unnecessary wars that we're currently engaged in and now we have right-wing nut jobs here in this country screaming for yet another war with Iran! If we meet that Iranians halfway, there can be true peace!!!

      October 19, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • HomieDontPlayThat

      Israel is the real terrorist state today. You can't hide it anymore. FREE PALESTINE!

      October 21, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
      • Dan Simon

        That's a lot of bull and you know that. Not one Arab country accepts Palestinians. Israel is the only nation that allows them on Israeli land, helps support them and gives them Jobs.

        October 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  7. John McKane

    Let's all hope that the Iranians are right on this. The last thing this country needs is more enemies created through the stupidity of our right-wing politicians!

    October 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply

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