Historic talks between the United States and Iran have begun in Geneva over Tehran’s highly disputed nuclear programme.
It is the first time the two sides have met for
face-to-face talks on the issue.
EU and UN permanent Security Council envoys are also attending.
The presence of senior White House official, Under Secretary of State, William Burns, had raised hopes of progress and helped ease record oil prices.
However, there now seems little chance of the one-day meeting ending with a significant breakthrough.
A senior Iranian official has already ruled out any suspension of its uranium enrichment programme, a key UN and EU demand over fears Tehran wants to produce atomic weapons.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, says he hopes the talks might result in further meetings so that an agreement can be reached.