Iran’s Upstream Opening Stalls On Nuclear Extension

A second extension to nuclear talks between Iran and world powers will surely dent Tehran’s short-term upstream ambitions – despite what officials say.

Iran was determined to do it, as were the six world powers locked in talks with the Iranians. Come midday 24 November however, it became increasingly clear that determination alone was not going to be enough to break the Islamic Republic’s 12-year standoff with the international community over its nuclear ambitions.

Following seven days of talks at Vienna’s Palais Coburg – the latest round of regular high-level negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program since late last year – both sides decided on a second extension of the talks, which saw the deadline for a comprehensive deal pushed back a further seven months to end-June 2015. (CONTINUED - 1936 WORDS)