Nov. 22 - EU's foreign policy chief sits down with Iran's foreign minister during third day of talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A third day of negotiations between Iran and six major powers kicked off on Friday (November 22) morning after both sides said that some progress towards an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme had been made but that significant differences still had to be overcome. The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton continued meetings with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, while negotiators appeared to downplay anticipation of an imminent breakthrough after the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Iran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago. Several Western diplomats said there was a good chance that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would join foreign ministers from the other five members of the six nation group in Geneva in another attempt to nail down a long elusive deal with Iran. One diplomat saw a "very high probability" of ministers coming to another meeting, but there were no signs that the ministers were making definite travel plans. Under discussion is an Iranian suspension of some sensitive nuclear activities, above all medium-level uranium enrichment, in exchange for modest sanctions relief. That would involve releasing some Iranian funds frozen in foreign bank accounts and allowing trade in precious metals. The United States may also agree to relax pressure on other countries not to buy Iranian oil.