Obama's Secret Iran Talks: Setting the Stage for a Deal?

The Geneva announcement that Iran would ship much of its uranium stockpile abroad followed months of discreet negotiations. But the proof of the deal will be in the details of its implementation

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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has a personal stake in the outcome of Monday's meeting in Vienna between Western and Iranian nuclear experts on the future of Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium. That's because, Administration sources tell TIME, Obama personally weighed in three times during secret, multiparty negotiations with the Iranians over the last four months — in what has become not just a test of Iran's nuclear intentions but also a test of Obama's effort to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions through a combination of sanctions, threats and incentives.

The backroom talks...

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