UN has new concerns about Iran

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May 25, 2012, 2:24 pm
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(NECN/NBC News: Ali Arouzi) - International nuclear talks being held in Baghdad this week with Iran ended inconclusively with both sides at a stalemate.

This as UN inspectors report higher than expected amounts of enriched uranium have been found at Iranian nuclear sites.

After two days of high level, intense, high stakes talks here in Baghdad the p5+1 in Iraq trying to resolve Iran's nuclear issue, there was no breakthrough and it would seem unrealistic to have expected one with both sides deeply entrenched on their issues.

Iran want's the lifting of sanctions and the p5+1 wants Iran to stop enrichment activity.

EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton, who's leading the talks, said that there was some common ground between the two sides.

"It is clear that we both want to make progress, and that there is some common ground, however, significant differences remain. Nonetheless, we do agree on the need for further discussion," said Catherine Ashton.
At the heart of the dispute is Iran's insistence it be allowed to enrich uranium at high levels which can be used both for medical purposes and it could also be used for a nuclear weapon.

The two sides agreed on very little other than to meet again next month in Moscow for another round of talks, keeping dialogue open and the hopes of a diplomatic compromise still alive.

Tags: nuclear, Baghdad, Iran, EU, ali arouzi, stalemate, p5+1, catherine ashton, dispiute, nuclear weapon
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