Delegates from the five permanent UN Security Council members, (United States, Russia, China, Britain and France) plus Germany, have conceded that Iran has the right to continue its nuclear programme for peaceful reasons.
Headed by EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, the talks in Baghdad ended positively, but with acknowledgement that there’s still much more to be done. At the press conference after the talks Ashton said:
“It’s clear that we both want to make progress and that there is some common ground, however significant differences remain. Nonetheless we do agree on the need for further discussion to expand the common ground.”
Ashton announced the next meeting is due to take place in Moscow around June 18-19, adding that the six nations have asked Iran to take concrete and practical steps, to urgently meet the concerns of the international community, build confidence and meet its international obligations.
Iran arrived at the meeting with its own five point plan to address the nuclear issue, but very few details have been given apart from that one of the points was Iran’s demand that the countries acknowledge its right to nuclear enrichment.