WASHINGTON — The highly-touted nuclear talks between the Islamic government of Iran and the West are breaking down, dealing another foreign policy blow to the Obama adminstration
Reuters reported  that the West, composed of Great Britain, France, U.S. and Germany (along with Russian and Chinese delegations), want to prevent a nuclear arms race in the volatile Middle East region. But, if these talks fail as they seem to be, it could lead to a nuclear arms standoff in the near future.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told their delegation to not allow agreements or issues to be “forced upon them.” The Iranian state news agency, IRNA, reported that Khamenei said, “These negotiations should continue…But all should know that negotiations will not stop or slow down any of Iran’s activities in nuclear research and development.”
The talks had been stopped and suspended  until this recent round of negotiations.
Iran continues to deny that it is using its civilian atomic energy program for military purposes, to repurpose their nuclear facilities to make nuclear weapons. However, the West is skeptical of their claims and assertions.