Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- There's progress of sorts in the drawn-out negotiations over Iran's nuclear program: Tehran has agreed to offer more information and expanded access to U.N. nuclear inspectors. This would include more openings at a planned reactor and uranium site.
The developments Monday came as America's top diplomat said that Iranian envoys had backed away from a broader deal seeking to ease Western concerns that Tehran could one day develop atomic weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the major powers, including France, were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said later Monday that Kerry's "conflicting statements" damaged confidence in the process and says "considerable progress was made" during the talks in Geneva.
Zarif said in remarks on an Iranian TV talk show that he's still hopeful a deal will be reached but insists any agreement must include the lifting of all Western sanctions against the Islamic Republic.