The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the western power brokers appeared to be achieving something. But when the parties emerged from the final meeting of two days worth of talks, nothing had changed and everything had fallen apart.
Iran spent the last two days negotiating with the P5+1 -- the U.S., Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany -- over whether or not the Middle Eastern country has the right to enrich Uranium or not. The outcome originally looked promising. "Expectations that the negotiations were making progress rose as an afternoon session was extended into the evening," the Associated Press writes. But things faltered somewhere along the way.
When everyone finally emerged from the negotiations, it was clear the countries were still a long way from an agreement. "It became clear that our positions remain far apart," European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters after the "intensive discussions" concluded. The AFP reports Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian media the two sides couldn't find a "mutual understanding" as to how to proceed. Iran's chief negotiator said the ball was in the west's court and that it was up to them to decide how to move forward. "We proposed our plan of action and the other party was not ready and they asked for some time to study the idea," Saeed Jalili told a room full of reporters after the talks had ended.