Iran Nuclear Talks Collapse

Tehran refuses to talk without lifting sanctions, wants to continue nuke program

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2011 6:42 AM CST

(Newser) – A mere day after talks began between Iran and six world powers, they have collapsed over Iran's insistence that the UN lift sanctions and that it be allowed to continue its nuclear program, reports the AP. "We had hoped to have a detailed and constructive discussion," says a top EU envoy. "But it became clear that the Iranian side was not ready for this unless we agree to preconditions (which) are not the way to proceed." No date for new talks has been set.

"The process can go forward if Iran chooses to respond positively," she said. "We will now wait to see whether they do."

William Burns, Assistant US Secretary for East Asia, center, arrives for talks on Iran's nuclear program at the historical Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.   (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu)
China's Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Hailong, front, arrives for talks between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear program at the historical Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.   (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu)
Iran's Chief Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili leaves Sultan Ahmed Mosque after Friday prayers there following a round of talks on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.   (Burhan Ozbilici)
Iran's Chief Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili smiles, as he arrives for talks between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear program at the historical Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan....   (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu)
Iran's Chief Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, left, and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton arrive for talks on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.   (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu)
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