Iran talks show common ground, disagreement-US
May 26, 2012 9:28 by Reuters
A first day of talks between Iran and world powers about a nuclear programme that the West suspects is aimed at nuclear bomb research showed a “fair amount of disagreement” but also areas of common ground, a senior U.S. official said.
“I believe we have the beginning of a negotiation,” the official said of the talks, which opened on Wednesday and lasted late into the evening. “But still we have to come to closure…about what are the next appropriate steps.”
On the other hand, Iranian media reported that the country has presented its own “comprehensive” package of proposals to six world powers during talks between the two sides over its disputed nuclear programme.
“In this session of negotiations, Iran presented to the P5+1 a package comprising five points that include a range of nuclear and non-nuclear issues,” the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.
“In the first session, the P5+1 presented its proposals to Iran, but apparently from the Iranian point of view this package is not balanced”.
(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Janet Lawrence)