Iranian and US officials met in Geneva on Thursday for the first time since the Islamic state and six world powers agreed to extend talks to resolve a decade-long dispute over Iran`s nuclear ambitions.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from the six powers negotiating with Iran on its nuclear programme will travel to Vienna this weekend to help break the logjam in the talks, a senior Western official said on Thursday.
Iran`s supreme leader revealed Tuesday his country`s demands for a massive long-term increase in its nuclear enrichment capability, laying bare huge gaps between Tehran and world powers negotiating a deal.
Iran is ready to take concrete steps to ensure its nuclear programme remains peaceful but will not "kneel in submission" to do a deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said before a resumption of talks with major powers on Wednesday.
Kerry warned Iran ahead of this week`s nuclear talks in Vienna that it has yet to prove that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful in multiple rounds of talks with six world powers as a July 20 deadline nears.
Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers moved to an ambitious new stage today, with the two sides sitting down to start writing the text of a final deal. But with major issues still unresolved, any initial draft is likely to be a patchwork affair, and agreement remains uncertain.