Friday, May 31st 2019 Talks between Iran and world powers over Qumar, nuclear program revealed Vienna — In an ACN exclusive, United States officials have confirmed ongoing talks between the United States, other world powers such as China, Russia and the United Kingdom, and Iran on centered on the Islamic Republic's claim to the nation of Qumar, and its nuclear energy program. The talks have reportedly been happening in secret for months, with low-level officials from the Departments of State and Energy meeting with their Iranian, British, Chinese, and Russian counterparts with European Union leaders acting as facilitators. According to sources familiar with the talks, the recent crisis in the Persian Gulf with Iranian ships entering Qumari waters was the result of a breakdown in talks over the status of Iran's claim to Qumar;Iran claims all of the county as its rightful territory, having been separated from then-Persia at the Paris Peace Conference in 1918, a claim no other country recognizes. While the groups negotiating an agreement around Iran's nuclear program continued to meet, the group attempting to find a solution to the Qumar crisis did not meet for one full week, until Russian and Chinese diplomats relayed their concern about the crisis to Iran, which agreed to return to the table. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin De Vost said that the talks had been secret to prevent "interference by outside actors" and give diplomats, scientists and military leaders of all nations room to discuss potential solutions without political interference. "We know what nothing good happens when you conduct sensitive negotiations in front of cameras," De Vost told ACN. "All of the details [of the negotiations] will be made public if and when an agreement is reached, and negotiations have gone far enough that all parties feel it is safe to acknowledge that we are talking with each other." ACN can also confirm that representatives of the Qumari Ruling Council, the de facto ruling body for Qumar, and representatives from the other permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (alongside the United States, United Kingdom, China and Russia), France, have participated in the talks as consultants on unknown issues.