Iran Talks See Little Progress

Both Iran and the group of six world powers are seeing no progress in the talks over the nuclear program in Iran. Both sides say that there are serious gaps even in the most basic of issues.

The most recent round of talks about the nuclear program of Iran ended in Vienna on Friday, with U.S. and Iranian officials saying things were both difficult and slow, with the gaps between the two wide on even basic issues such as the size of nuclear enrichment capability the Islamic Republic would be allowed to keep.

A senior official from the U.S., speaking anonymously said that Iran needed to become more realistic during the talks. At the same time Abbas Araghchi, the deputy foreign minister for Iran said to news media from Iran that no tangible progress had been made during this most recent round of talks.

He added that the differences were too wide to even start drafting a nuclear accord. However, he added that next month the talks would begin again.

The official from the U.S. agreed with the deputy foreign minister that significant gaps existed between the two groups after three days of negotiations.

The official said Iran still must make some difficult choices and we are worried that progress is slow and that time is running short.

A senior diplomat from Europe said more flexibility was expected of the Iranians. Iranian officials said the West must abandon the excessive demands and expected the West to be more realistic but thus far that is not the case.

Araghchi said both sides would meet one or possibly two times in June, but there has not been a date set for the next round.

After the end of this round, a news conference was not held and no official statement was made, since diplomats insisted that a prospect of an agreement is distant.

The group of world powers includes Britain, China, Russia, France, Germany and the United States. The six have been united in their positions in the negotiations and talks are led by Catherine Ashton the chief of foreign policy for the European Union.

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