Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Jonathan Tirone
April 5, 2013
Iran and six world powers weren’t able to seal a deal to curb the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program on the first of two days of talks, which ended with the two sides still far apart.
The optimistic tone officials struck at the close of a previous round of negotiations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, six weeks ago faded last night as contradictory signals emerged from Iran and the six nations negotiating with the Islamic Republic.
Diplomats from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China met with Iranian officials for more than five hours yesterday. The Iranians met separately with the Chinese, Russian, British and German delegates, and the full group will convene again today, officials said.