No breakthrough, but a promise to hold more talks.
That is the result of two days of discussions in Geneva between Iran and Western nations attempting to break the impasse over Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Islamic Republic made it clear it would not back down over its uranium enrichment, and warned that pressure, including sanctions, will not work.
“It’s unacceptable to have a double strategy of negotiation with pressure,” Iran’s chief negotiator told euronews. “We say this must be refused.”
Jalili also referred to the recent murders of two nuclear scientists in Iran. Authorities blame what they call “foreign enemies”, and claim the UN also bears some responsibility.
“International nuclear inspectors take the names of the scientists and give them to the Security Council,” said Jalili. “And then the Security Council makes them public, and then the terrorists kill them. So the Security Council must give an explanation on this to the international community.”
Those at the Geneva meeting agreed to hold further talks in Turkey next year. Observers say this accord was the best result world powers could have hoped for.