The latest round of talks between Iran and world powers have concluded in Geneva, Switzerland, with Iran indicating a willingness to scale back uranium enrichment, as well as allowing for snap inspections of its nuclear sites as part of a new proposal to end a decade-long standoff with world powers. Full details of Iran’s proposals, presented during two days of negotiations in Geneva with six world powers, have not been made public. But, in a clear sign of hope, the two sides agreed to hold follow-up negotiations on November 7 and 8 in Geneva.
Iran did not intend to renounce all enrichment “under any circumstances”, the Russian state news agency RIA quoted an unidentified Iranian delegation source as saying. Western officials have repeatedly said that Iran must suspend enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity, their main worry, before sanctions are eased. “Are we there yet? No, but we need to keep talking,” a Western diplomat said as talks resumed on Wednesday.