World powers to hold nuclear talks with Iran in Baghdad
Iran is under intense international pressure to rein in its nuclear program.
May 23rd, 2012
03:26 AM ET

World powers to hold nuclear talks with Iran in Baghdad

Officials from six world powers are due to hold talks with Iranian representatives in Baghdad on Wednesday about Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

The meeting takes place the day after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said he would soon sign an agreement with Iran, a sign that Tehran may have agreed to broader inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The Baghdad talks come at a critical time for Iran. The country's economy has been crippled by sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the United States and the European Union. And since 80% of Iran's foreign revenues are derived from oil exports, an embargo by the EU set to go into effect in July will put further pressure on its economy.

Western powers fear Iran may be trying to build nuclear weapons, despite its insistence that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.


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  1. fernace

    Who in their right minds would believe Pres. Ahmadinejad, after all the vile things he has said about Israel, the US, & the world community!? He's the very definition of a rogue head of state! "Peaceful purposes" my foot! Are they building nuclear reactors for energy purposes? That's the only peaceful way to use nuclear power! Ahmadinejad is a man w/delusions of grandeur who wants the world to fear him, just as the poor citizens of Iran do! Not sure what this delegation of world leaders can accomplish, but Iran needs to be put on notice & watched very closely!!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    "Western nations worry that Iran is building nuclear weapons".
    Whole load of misreporting. Its the spy agencies and defense officials of the western countries , including ours and that of another 'rogue' state Israel, that insist that Iran has not even decided to build nuclear weapons.

    A sovereign nation and signatory to NPT , Iran has the legitimate right to seek nuclear energy.
    Which country would allow a team of inspectors from countries demonstrating hostility , free access to its nuclear facilities or sensitive military sites. Would India, Pakistan Or Israel? Would we??

    May 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Iran has never threatened the international community or us with air strikes or war? They promise retaliation if attacked. I have yet to come across a piece of evidence in the recent history of Iran waging war against another country.

    Despite opposition from our DOD and agencies, war hysteria is being created to drag this country into another disaster.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Send Iran an old film,the total devastation done in about 20-30 seconds of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.Both bombs left these cities after the explosions with a body count of over 250,000 dead and radiation defects and deformaties in decendants for generations to come.Maybe after you tell them our new ICBMs are approximately 1000x more powerful than those blasts ending WWII,then maybe they'll take a different stance at what atomic energy in the wrong hands mean,their total obliteration,with everything and everyone being affected for thousands of years.If ya don't want to get burned don't play with fire!!

    May 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |

    Damn, I'm more frightened by the day; no not from fear of a terrorist attack, but by finding out I live in a country that has so many people with neurotic disorders.
    Maybe there is some truth that when the moon comes close to the earth people go nuts
    Then again, I have always said as long as they keep busy killing foreigners maybe they will be satisfied and leave the rest of us alone.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |