My colleague Barbara Slavin writes:
Two days of “intense” nuclear talks with Iran ended in Baghdad Thursday with a plan that the parties should meet again in Moscow next month.
Chief international negotiator catherine Ashton announced the next meeting would be held June 18-19th. She described the past two days of discussions with the Iranians in Baghdad as “very intense and detailed.”
“In line with our agreement in Istanbul, the E3+3 laid out clear proposals to address the Iranian nuclear issue and in particular, all aspects of 20 percent enrichment,” Ashton said.
A senior US official said Iran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, chatted a few minutes informally Thursday night. “At the end of today’s plenary, Dr. Jalili approached [Sherman] to chat for a minute or two.”
“There’s a recognition that we are beginning to understand and communicate and talk with each other,” the US official said. “What took some effort today was to get to place where understood some common ground, and our differences.”
“Even given significant differences, there is and this is the important part, common ground,” between the P5+1 and Iran, the senior US administration official said. “There is agreement to deal with all aspects of 20 percent.”
The Iranians had put forward a five-point plan, that included a request to recognize their right to 3.5 percent uranium, Ashton said.