6 world powers sit with Iran in nuke talks

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Israel has led the speculation that Iran could be moving closer to having all the pieces ready for a nuclear weapon. Israel also fears the negotiations could leave intact the mainstays of Iran's nuclear network: The ability to enrich uranium and produce atomic fuel. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)


Six world powers are dangling the prospect of easing some sanctions against Iran if Tehran agrees to curb work that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Talks resumed Thursday between Iran and the six — The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

The last round three weeks ago reached agreement on the framework of what to discuss. The two sides now want to start a process meant to culminate in limits on Tehran's potential ability to make nuclear weapons, in exchange for easing of sanctions crippling Tehran's economy.

Before the talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton, who is convening the meeting. Ashton spokesman Michael Mann said the two had good discussions.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear arms.