The first day of talks between the world’s major powers and Iran has drawn to a close in the Swiss city of Geneva. But hopes for a breakthrough remain slim.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council, backed up by Germany, want fresh talks over Iran’s nuclear programme, which it is feared could lead to a bomb. Iran insists it only wants to produce its own energy.
On a visit to Greece, Iran’s foreign minister dismissed their concern, condemning nuclear weapons as only bringing destruction. He urged the world to embrace denuclearisation.
Iran came to the meeting buoyed up by the knowledge that it had used its own raw materials to refine uranium for the first time. This will allow Tehran to sidestep four rounds of UN sanctions.
Euronews’ correspondent in Geneva, Nima Ghadakpour, says the latest indications are that the atmosphere between Iranian officials and representatives of the five-plus-one has worsened.
The disagreement is thought to centre on the killing last week of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. The atmosphere in Geneva was always going to be clouded by last week’s attacks, in which a second scientist was injured. Iran thinks Western intelligence services were responsible.