Iran digs in heels on nuclear enrichment at Geneva talks

No agreement has yet been reached between world powers and Iran

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Iran said on Saturday it cannot accept any agreement with six major powers that does not recognize what it describes as its right to enrich uranium, a demand the United States and its European allies have repeatedly rejected.

“In the past 10 years, Iran has resisted economic and political pressures and sanctions aimed at abandoning its enrichment activities,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters.

“Therefore any agreement without recognizing Iran’s right to enrich, practically and verbally, will be unacceptable for Tehran,” he said on the fourth day of talks aimed at securing a deal that would freeze parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Araqchi said that “98 percent progress” had been achieved in the talks with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, adding there were only a few areas of disagreement remaining.

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