Nuclear talks with Iran falter

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An official from the Iranian delegation said on Thursday that world powers are creating a “difficult atmosphere” which is hindering talks over its nuclear programme.

Representatives from the the so-called 5+1 group which is made up of the five permanent UN security Council members, (the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain), plus Germany met in Bagdad on Wednesday to push Iran to make concessions in its uranium enrichment project, and talks continued on Thursday.

This follows a 15-month diplomatic freeze and talks in Istanbul last month. The 5+1 aim to secure an Iranian agreement to curb its activities and to establish more transparency ensuring uranium enrichment will not be used to make nuclear weapons.

The sticking point between the six nations, led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran, led by Tehran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili, is reportedly that Iran demands immediate relief from economic sanctions.

This has to come, says Tehran, before it scales back its programme, whereas the 5+1 insist Iran first halts its activity outright.