Nuclear talks between Iran, six world powers open in Istanbul
"Meeting seen as chance for West and Iran to halt downward diplomatic spiral and seek ways out of years of deadlock.
World powers and Iran launched a new round of negotiations in Istanbul on Saturday, aiming to resolve a long-standing dispute over Tehran's nuclear program that threatens to spark a new war in the Middle East.
"Delegates have gone in... plenary is just getting started," a diplomat close to the negotiations said."
"the choice of Wendy Sherman as US delegation leader. She is reputed to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s closest and most influential adviser."
This is taken as a signal from Washington to Tehran that the Obama administration is more interested in improving the climate of relations with Iran at the diplomatic level than reaching understandings on the nuclear issue."
"On Friday, Iran’s deputy negotiator, Ali Bagheri, held separate talks with senior Chinese and Russian officials in Istanbul, and the six powers met among themselves to coordinate tactics, Russia and China have been the most reluctant of the six to press for further sanctions on Iran, and Russia’s chief negotiator, Sergei Rybakov, deputy foreign minister, has urged a more moderate tone with Iran."
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