Sanctions, the dimensions of enrichment and international cooperation were the main topics discussed in the first day of talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna.
Based on the deal signed in November, Iran has agreed to suspend 20-percent enrichment for a six-month period while the P5+1 suspends some of the EU and US sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. Iran says it will never stop enrichment for peaceful purposes and is willing to build trust to reach a final settlement which would lead to the removal of the entire sanctions regime. What's made the Vienna talks constructive is that both sides are moving forward based on an agreed timetable and framework. But things didn't all go as planned when foreign minister Zarif did not take part in a formal dinner with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araghchi told her deputy Helga Schmid that Ashton's meetings in Tehran, which had not been coordinated with the foreign ministry had undermined the Iranian people's confidence in the EU. Ashton's spokesperson told us the two sides had discussed the topic before moving on to nuclear-related issues. Iran says there needs to be common understanding before there's a common draft but can the sides overcome their differences and reach a final settlement?