VIENNA - Iran and six world powers began
expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in
implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed
nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards
resolving a decade-old standoff over suspicions Iran might be
covertly pursuing a nuclear weapons "breakout" capability, a
perception that has raised the risk of a wider Middle East war.
Officials from Iran and the United States, France, Germany,
Britain, China and Russia met at the Vienna headquarters of the
UN nuclear agency, which will play a central role in verifying
that Tehran carries out its part of the interim deal.
The outcome of the meeting is expected to determine when
Iran stops its most sensitive nuclear activity and when it gets
the respite in sanctions that it has been promised in return.