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The positions of world powers and Iran remain ‘far apart’ in talks seeking to end the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the latest meeting wrapped up in Almaty today.
It became clear that the positions (of the world powers) and Iran remain far apart on the substance, Ashton told reporters at a news conference.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the two sides had failed to find ‘mutual understanding’, and a time and place for the next talks remained to be agreed, in comments quoted by Russian news agencies.
Ashton confirmed that the two sides had yet to agree on a date and locations of the next meeting between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany that are collectively known as the P5+1.
Ashton said the two sides had ‘long and intensive discussions’ over two days of meetings in the Kazakh city of Almaty, but she added that while discussing the substance of the proposals on the table, the sides still failed to get fully ‘engaged’.