US set against recognizing Iranian right to enrich

By REUTERS
May 24, 2012 22:18

BAGHDAD - Iran's insistence that world powers acknowledge what it sees as its right to enrich uranium emerged as a significant difference in international talks on its nuclear energy program this week, a senior US administration official said.

Speaking after two days of discussions between Iran and six world powers aimed at trying to defuse fears of a covert Iranian effort to develop nuclear bombs, the official added that looming additional sanctions were likely to raise pressure on Iran to seek an agreement ahead of a further round of talks in mid-June.

"These were difficult talks ... obviously we were far apart (at the start)," said the official, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the subject.

The official said a "significant difference" at the meeting was Iran's insistence that its right to enrich be recognized.


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