Both sides benefited from a meeting of technical experts from Iran and six world powers focused on proposals to end the standoff over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, but the talks will not necessarily contribute to resolving the stalemate, diplomats said Thursday, July 5, the Associated Press
reported. Speaking a day after the end of the Istanbul meeting, two diplomats familiar with the talks were at pains to emphasize they were not negotiations meant to overcome divisions that have stymied recent high-level talks. Instead, they said, experts went into the technical nitty-gritty of what each side was bringing to the table at the more senior meetings. The last high-level meeting in Moscow foundered, like previous ones, because Iran is not ready to consider demands that it curtail uranium enrichment — a possible pathway to nuclear arms — unless world powers recognize its right to enrich.