The first nuclear talks between major powers and Iran for more than a year have ended with nothing more than an agreement to meet again next month.
They spent two days in Geneva trying to resolve the dispute over Iran’s atomic programme, which the West suspects is aimed at developing arms.
The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “We and Iran agreed to a continuation of these talks in late January in Istanbul where we plan to discuss practical ideas and ways of cooperating towards a resolution of our core concerns about the nuclear issue.”
In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised results if international sanctions over its nuclear programme are lifted.
In a televised address he said: ‘By scrapping all those sanctions, that have had no effect on the Iranian people… the talks will definitely be fruitful.”
But Iran’s chief negotiator in Geneva said they will never talk about Iran’s nuclear rights nor will they bow to pressure.
The country has always said its nuclear ambitions go no further than the peaceful production of energy.