The talks between Iran and the six major powers (P5+1) recessed Monday and will resume in a second session on Tuesday. There were low expectations before the talks began, and early reports from Monday’s session indicate that both sides repeated their positions with no immediate compromise in sight.
The West seeks an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Iran would not even want to discuss such outcome. A compromise in which Iran transfers substantial amount of its low enriched uranium abroad in return for higher enriched nuclear fuel to run its research reactor remains as the only hope, although it looks increasingly out of reach.
Nevertheless, the atmosphere prevailing in the meeting yesterday was described as very positive by a number of participants. If today’s session goes well, the two sides would resume their talks early next year in Turkey.
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