Apr. 7 - Talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme end without agreement. Sarah Toms reports.
Two days of talks in Kazakhstan between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme have ended without agreement...and no agreement to meet again. Tehran is negotiating with the five permanent members of the UN security council -- the U.S., Russia, China, the UK and France -- plus Germany. The EU says their positions remain far apart. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, SAYING: "For the first time that I've seen, a real back and forward between us, where we're able to discuss details, to pose questions, and to get answers directly on the sort of issues that we need to discuss in order to be able to move forward. To that extent, that has been a very important element. However, what matters in the end is substance and in that we are still a considerable way apart." Iran has been asked to give up work on sensitive nuclear activities in return for an easing of sanctions. But Iran says the West must demonstrate its willingness. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN CHIEF NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR, SAEED JALILI, SAYING: "In this round of talks one of the main issues which was discussed was this and no other - sanctions. In any case, if parties want to gain trust and confidence of the Iranian people, they have to move away from hostile treatment and attitude towards Iranians. This was a main issue in our discussions and we have always relayed this to them." World powers suspect Iran of a covert nuclear weapons programme. But Tehran insists its intentions are peaceful.