Six world powers open negotiations with Tehran with little hope of breakthrough
Six world powers began two days of talks with Iran today aimed at curbing its nuclear programme, but there is little hope of a breakthrough at the Istanbul meeting.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (L) shakes hands with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before a dinner hosted by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Istanbul January 20, 2011. Iran said it had no fresh offer to make to revive a nuclear fuel swap proposal but was ready to discuss it in talks with world powers on Friday, and Russia said ways of easing sanctions on Tehran should be addressed too. Expectations of any breakthrough in an eight-year-old stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions were low ahead of a second round of negotiations between Iran and six powers in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday and Saturday. REUTERS/Burak Akbulut
Amid reports that Iran wants to revive a proposal to export some of its enriched uranium, a leaked US cable suggests an earlier compromise may have been scuppered by mixed messages from Washington
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Hurriyet Daily News
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Haaretz (Israel), 19.01.11
By Zvi Bar?el
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The New York Times (USA), January 19, 2011, p. A8
By Anthony Shadid, Beirut (Lebanon)
In Lebanon?s worst crisis in years, whose resolution may determine whether Hezbollah controls a government allied with the United States, American diplomacy has become the butt of jokes here. Once a decisive player here, Saudi Arabia has all but given up. In their stead is Turkey, which has sought to mediate a crisis that, given events on Tuesday in Beirut?s streets, threatens to turn violent before it is resolved.