Monday, July 16, 2012

Major Powers Undecided Over New Round of Talks with Iran

The Times of Israel reported today that the six major powers are undecided over whether to schedule a new ministerial-level round of talks with Iran. David Horovitz, the Times editor, writes that the P5+1 is contemplating to formally call a temporary halt to the process of negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program. The Americans in particular, citing that ministerial level talks have not made significant progress, have reportedly said they will not engage in talks for the sake of talking.

Lower-level technical meetings, the first of which was held in Istanbul on July 3, with another scheduled again for Istanbul next week, could still continue. These sessions are aimed at clarifying positions between the sides. (The Times of Israel, 16 July)

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