The six major powers known as the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) failed to reach an agreement between themselves on a package of proposals which had been presented by Iran in the meeting on Wednesday.
Sources close to the meeting have blamed the U.S. for the failure of talks between the major powers. Iran had presented a five-point proposal which included nuclear and non-nuclear issues.
Diplomats close to the talks say the major powers have reneged on their promises of reciprocal steps which had been agreed upon in the Istanbul talks on April 4.
In the meeting negotiators from the 5+1 group especially the U.S. used a language similar to those of Israeli officials and this caused a hurdle in the talks, diplomat said.
The 5+1 also offered their counterproposal which Iran rejected.
Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, demanded an overhaul to the package put forward by the 5+1 group. An Iranian diplomat involved in the discussions said the package falls far short of a compromise.
The group offered benefits, including medical isotopes, some nuclear safety cooperation and spare parts for civilian airliners in exchange for concessions from Iran including a halt to the 20 percent uranium enrichment activity by Iran.
However, the group snubbed Iranian calls for easing of economic sanctions.
Jalili and Catherin Ashton, who led the talks on the part of 5+1 group, met for private talks for a third time in two days of negotiations.
Ashton’s spokesman, Mike Mann, called the negotiations “tough,” but said that “some progress was made.”
The 5+1 group suggesting another place for a next meeting. However, the Iranian side was seeking a tentative agreement in Baghdad before setting a date for the next round of talks.
According to a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity Iran and the 5+1 group had the most detailed discussions on Wednesday.
“There’s been no progress in this round of talks,” Taleb Mahdi, a member of the Iranian delegation, said in an interview in Baghdad on Thursday. The 5+1 offer calls on Iran to end all uranium enrichment, he said.
As a signatory to the UN nuclear treaties Iran has legal right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
The P5+1 is pressing Iran to immediately halt production of uranium enriched to 20 percent, according to U.S. and European diplomats at the talks.
Iran is enriching uranium to a purity of 20 percent to fuel its research reactor which produces radioisotopes for cancer patients.
Negotiators held detailed discussions on concrete steps on Wednesday, according to a senior U.S. official who briefed reporters afterward and characterized the meetings as the beginning of a process rather than the end.
“It could take some time before we see that there is really an agreement,” Olli Heinonen, the IAEA’s former chief Iran inspector and now a visiting professor at Harvard University, said on Bloomberg Television’s “Last Word”. “We have an ample amount of time, at least until the end of this year, to solve this problem.”