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May 18, 2014 11:01 am

While Nuclear Talks See Little Progress, Iran Refuses to Negotiate on Arak Facility

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The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 / WikiCommons.

The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 / WikiCommons.

Times of Israel Iran and world powers were nursing their wounds on Saturday after a bruising round of nuclear talks, but diplomats and experts remain hopeful a historic deal can still be struck by a July 20 deadline.

However, a top Iranian negotiator insisted Sunday that Tehran would not bend on its demand to keep operating the Arak heavy water reactor, which could give Iran weapons-grade plutonium. The issue could delay or torpedo the ongoing talks.

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