A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday to lift the UN arms embargo on the country as a parallel deal - a demand that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast clout.
Tortuous talks towards a Iran nuclear deal ploughed on Friday with the head of the UN`s atomic watchdog having apparently failed in Tehran to advance a nuclear bomb probe, a major hurdle to the accord.
The final stretch of international negotiations on curtailing Iran`s nuclear ambitions will be "pretty tough," a US official warned Wednesday, as the weeks count down to a June 30 deadline for a historic agreement.
The chief UN nuclear inspector said Monday that Iran has already committed to letting his experts see Iranian military sites and Iranian atomic scientists despite an alleged ban by Tehran, deepening a confrontation over how much openness Iran must accept under any nuclear deal.
Any possible military dimensions of Iran`s nuclear past can be clarified if the details of a preliminary deal sealed in April between Tehran and six world powers are implemented, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
An EU delegation was stopped Sunday from speaking to foreign media in Tehran, with an Iranian security official threatening action against reporters and photographers if they tried to film the incident.
Iran and world powers have made "important progress" towards a final deal aimed at curbing Tehran`s nuclear programme in exchange for eased economic sanctions, a senior Iranian negotiator said Thursday.
Iranian pilgrims at a Shiite holy site near the city of Qom intervened against the distribution of leaflets opposing Tehran`s nuclear talks with world powers, state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.