AirTalk for November 8, 2013

Is an Iran nuclear deal within reach?

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press upon his arrival in Geneva on November 8, 2013, on the second day of talks with Iran on their nuclear programme. World powers and Iran have yet to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme but are working hard to do so, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on November 8. "There is not an agreement at this point," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Geneva to help seal what is hoped to be a landmark with Tehran, but stressed that the six world powers leading the talks were "working hard." AFP PHOTO / POOL / JASON REEED

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva today to hammer out an interim nuclear agreement with Iran. Kerry’s presence is spurring speculation that a deal was imminent, but he told reporters that there are still many obstacles that need to be resolved before an agreement could be reached.

Although no details have been released, the Los Angeles Times reports that Iran could possibly agree to curtail its nuclear program amid increased international inspections in exchange for relaxed economic sanctions. 

"I understand the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva, as well they should because they got everything and paid nothing," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem. "They wanted relief of sanctions; after years of grueling sanctions, they got that. They paid nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability. So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal."

What does Los Angeles’ large Iranian American community think of a possible deal? How would a nuclear deal with Iran complicates U.S. and Israeli relations?

Guests:

Patrick McDonnell, Beirut bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times who’s been covering the story

Siamak Kalhor, host of a radio call-in show in Farsi on KIRN Radio Iran in Los Angeles


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