Newscast Media VIENNA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says nuclear talks with
Iran have made good progress but there is “still work to do” to meet a July 20
deadline. Speaking after talks in Vienna between six world powers and Iranian
officials, Kerry said there have been “tough negotiations” and that “very real gaps”
remain in the positions of the two sides.
He said he still believes there is a path forward and that both sides are working in
Kerry said he is returning to Washington to consult with President Barack Obama and
Congress about the prospects for a long-term deal with Iran.
Kerry said he has told Iranian officials that the 19,000 nuclear centrifuges the
country possesses are too many.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech last week that Iran
needs tens of thousands more centrifuges.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a separate news conference on
July 15, said that although he still hopes a deal would be possible by the July 20
deadline, he believed enough progress has been made to justify an extension.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media TEHRAN—The Iranian Navy’s 29th fleet of warships, comprised of the
Khark logistic helicopter carrier and the Sabalan destroyer, set sail on Tuesday from
the southern port city of Bandar Abbas for the Atlantic Ocean on a three-month
It is the Navy’s first-ever mission to the Atlantic Ocean.
During a ceremony held before the dispatching of the warships, Rear Admiral
Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Iranian Navy, said that the warships are
tasked with maintaining the security of Iranian vessels in international waters.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop Iran’s ambitions to acquire
a nuclear weapon.
“Iran’s military nuclear program must be stopped, and Iran’s military nuclear program
will be stopped,” Netanyahu said at a joint news conference with his Canadian
counterpart Stephen Harper, without saying how, according to Lebanon’s Al-Manar News Agency.
Tehran Times reports that Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Iranian
warships are sent to international waters to show the might of the Iranian Navy,
adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is today one of the most important countries
that maintains the security of shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden and the
Source: Tehran Times