The latest round of talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme has ended without any substantial progress.
The closed-door meeting in Istanbul between Iranian officials and the so-called P5 + 1 – Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany – was aimed at exploring common ground for full-fledged talks after previous meetings failed to make any breakthrough.
The European Union and the US have imposed several rounds of sanctions to pressure Iran to give up its uranium enrichment activities. The latest sanctions took effect on Sunday.
In response, Iran said on Tuesday that it has successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, the latest salvo in a war of nerves with the West. Israel says it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to its disputed nuclear energy programme.
The six world powers want Iran to stop enriching uranium and close facilities where such work is done.