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Mixed outlook for future talks on Iran's atomic ambitions


Mixed outlook for future talks on Iran's atomic ambitions

The latest round of talks in Moscow between world powers and Iran over its Iran’s nuclear programme have ended without any breakthrough and with both sides citing significant differences.

The only points in common were agreements on disagreements, an outcome that clearly frustrated the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

“Dr Jalili and I spoke about the fact that nobody in that room wants talks for talks sake. The fact is that they did begin to address the substance for the first time, but there’s a very, very long way to go,” said Ashton.

However, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, was slightly more upbeat about the outcome and said he hoped a new round of talks would soon be agreed.

“During our discussions, we had the opportunity to prove exactly how so many unfair and illegal things, notably UN resolutions, have been thrown at the Islamic Republic of Iran over its position,” said Jalili.

But he also reiterated that there was no reason to doubt the peaceful aims of Tehran’s nuclear programme.

There was agreement between the six world powers and Iran to hold a technical follow-up meeting in Istanbul on July 3, but it remains unclear whether that will lead to another high-level round table discussion.