The latest on long anticipated P5+1 Iran talks: They are not happening next week, as western negotiators had been hoping.
A Western diplomat told the Back Channel Friday that efforts are now underway to arrange a meeting at the end of the month, but cautioned that no date or venue had yet been agreed.
“Nothing confirmed,” a second, European official said Saturday.
An unnamed Russian official reportedly said Friday that nuclear negotiations would resume at the end of January in Istanbul. That followed Russia’s lead negotiator Sergei Ryabkov criticizing the long pause in talks. Diplomats from the six world powers and Iran held three rounds of talks last spring and summer. Expectation that talks would resume shortly after the US presidential elections in November have not materialized, however, as in recent weeks Iran has not responded to at least two dates proposed by the six parties. “This becomes unclear and sends a wrong signal,” Ryabkov was cited by Itar-Tass Jan. 9.
American officials have interpreted the Iranian delay in scheduling talks to date as a potentially inauspicious sign of continued dysfunction or indecisiveness in Tehran, diplomatic sources told the Back Channel. Continue reading