Iran nuclear talks: Intensive talks before key deadline

Talks have resumed in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran.

Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations.

They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon within a year.

Iran, which insists its nuclear programme is peaceful, wants to see crippling sanctions lifted in return.

Iranian and Western officials have said that a deal is possible, but that some issues are still to be resolved.

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What do they want?

  • The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China want a suspension of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work for more than 10 years
  • Iranian negotiator Hamid Baidinejad has said “15 years is out of the question” but “10 years is being discussed”
  • Iran had originally insisted on keeping nearly 10,000 centrifuges in operation
  • In November, Washington indicated it could accept around 6,000
  • Iranian officials say they have been pushing for 6,500-7,000