Iran nuclear talks: 11 things you need to know
A general view of the heavy water plant in Arak, 320 kms south of Tehran. Iran's nuclear reactor being built at Arak figures highly in the discussions.
November 20th, 2013
08:44 AM ET

Iran nuclear talks: 11 things you need to know

By Nick Thompson

Iran and world powers are resuming talks in Geneva amid high hopes that a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program will finally be reached.

But while the P5+1 - the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - and Iran appear to be closer than ever to striking a deal, there are still a lot of details to iron out.

Read our explainer to get up to speed on 60 years' worth of nuclear history in Iran.


Filed under: Diplomacy • Iran • Nuclear • Sanctions
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  5. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 23, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
  6. joel hudlow

    Only fools think iran wont develop nuclear weopons.Imagine with hezbollah and their other terrorist proxys its only a matter of time before the world wakes up to a bunch of dead bodies.We can only hope these idiots dont target the us first.Hopefully the isrealis do the right think and destroy their capability.Obama doesnt have the balls to defend the us and the rest of the world from these fanatics.He probably will just go out and play a couple rounds of golf.Thats all hes good for

    November 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  7. #12

    #12 – Iranians lie. Talks don't matter.

    November 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Thirsty Bob

      US intelligence agencies have consistently stated that Iran is not developing a bomb. Are they lying too?

      November 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
      • Not true

        Not true.

        November 21, 2013 at 9:32 am |
      • brown

        No, it is the Israelis who are lying to the World

        November 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  8. Random

    Unimpressive read based on wishful thinking and not in facts imho.

    The timelines seem oblivious to the fact that NK and iran are science allies so anything NK has (like the nuke tested in dec of last year) iran has. Anything less is wishful thinking that will come with a steep cost.

    You guys are smarter than this. You have no reason to believe iran except that you want to. Iran and syria are two different beasts. They can't be handled the same way. We did everything in our power to derail your plans in syria because it couldn't be effective the way you planned it. It was almost like you enjoyed having the chemical weapons to use when you needed them to justify action. Like destroying them was not the goal.

    It only takes one interested party to start a war. We dont have to want war to get it. The shadow leadership of iran is 100 % insulated from the financial woes of the sanctions. they do however keep the common man in iran hungry and tired. So their army at this point is about as weak as you can possibly make it. Give them a moment to recoup and the fight ahead will only get worse. Now would be the time to wield a decisive blow and eliminate the threat once and for all.

    November 20, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Let's all hope and pray Random, that these talks get back on track. Iran needs to strike the same deal that South Africa did with the UN some years ago. I'm sick to death with all this idiotic warmongering!!!

      November 20, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • Random

        Ok so Iran has since roughly '79 hated us with dedication matched only by dedication to islam. They pray 3 times a day, once a week they chant death to America. Iran has absolutely no reason to give in. Their goal is to wipe us off the map, along with israel and any other non islamic state.
        All it takes to get inside their heads is to care about one single thing above all else. A one religion world. Total conquest, of all peoples on the planet. This is an exceptionally grandiose goal, and because of the scope of their goals and the timeframes they work on it is rather easy to predict their next moves. After all complete conquest of the world is a lofty goal that is only achievable if things are done a certain way. In effect it takes a special genius to plan something that elaborate which makes it especially unique , and thus easy to predict.
        A deep understanding of the ideals that drive the gihad makes it clear we cannot take luls in activity as an achievement. They fight on terms of 100 years, 1000 years, while we fight on terms of 3 months – 6 months – 12 months.
        This, This moment of seeming reason driven choices on the part of iran's gov is one of those luls. It means they are at a disadvantage for some reason. Most likely the fluke that kept us free of conflict and resolving syria.
        If you understand the situation and the history that drives it, 1500+ years of history. . . You realize we are not the warmongers and are actually losing because of a lack of stomach to respond adequately to a war laid at our feet.

        November 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • Thirsty Bob

        Random – "we" earned their hatred a long time ago. As for total world conquest, it is the US which enjoys the hegemony.

        November 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Random

      I called it during the election, I said they are both fighting for something who ever wins is not going to like having. NSA leaks, terrorist attacks, Syria, NK , Iran the list goes on. No matter who's timeline you chose to believe , mine says iran and nk are already nuclear. Israel says everything is set for the green light where in less then a month they could rapidly deploy, US intel doesn't acknowledge publicly that everything is in place but some have addressed that no green light has been given while pretending the rest isn't there. No matter who you decide to believe Iran goes nuclear during this presidency.
      So far Obama has tried his best to bomb people fighting al qaeda , while absolutely refusing to see that no matter how you do the math iran is about to go nuclear. Id like to say Obama is just worrying about his legacy and not wanting to start wars after you know getting the nobel peace prize.... but with his warmongering on syria it is impossible to defend from that angle. He does his best to get us involved in wars that really dont affect us aside from moral issues watching them slaughter each other while utterly ignoring a threat direct to us and our allies.
      Irans program is hardened. They need less than one month to deploy. Really the inaction here has all but guaranteed nuclear war. I don't see any way of avoiding it now. Any type of action will likely start that timer, and it is extremely unlikely that a strike could be effective now.
      In essence this is why 80 natsec officials support talks. It is inevitable and you can tell they know it by their actions.

      November 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply

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