Tehran Hardens Nuclear Stance
Wall Street Journal / FARNAZ FASSIHI

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said Iran wouldn't compromise on its right to enrich uranium, casting doubts on whether the country could reach a deal during talks with international powers in Moscow this month.

The talks come ahead of plans by the EU to impose a full embargo on Iranian oil exports on July 1 and amid suggestions by Israel that it could conduct a military strike against Iran's nuclear program if diplomacy fails.

Iran insists that the intention of its nuclear program is for obtaining peaceful energy and medical advancements. Iran had indicated that it might consider reducing enriched uranium to below 5% if the international community would ease the economic sanctions that are crippling its economy.

But Western countries say they won't lift sanctions now and worry that Iran might be stalling talks to buy time for its nuclear program.

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