Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Latest from Iran (24 May): Day 2 of the Nuclear Talks in Baghdad

0520 GMT: We begin with a snap analysis covering Day 1 of the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 Powers (US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia) and looking forward to Day 2, "A Way Out of Pessimism?"

Meanwhile, a couple of signs from media coverage....

Even though the headlines in The Washington Post and The New York Times are wildly different ("Nuclear Talks with Iran Show Little Progress" v. "Iran Talks Are Extended as Signs of Common Ground Are Seen"), both are being given the signal by the US delegation that it will be happy with an outcome of another formal set of talks this summer. One official summarised, "It has been a difficult day, but I take that as a good sign. It means we have engaged with each other and discussed difficult issues.”

Meanwhile, the Iranian State media appears to be playing wait-and-see. In contrast to its earlier emphasis on the Islamic Republic's substantive five-point proposal v. the "outdated" offer of the "West", IRNA sticks with a matter-of-fact announcement of Day 2. And Press TV has not filed a story since its own outdated headline last night, "P5+1 Divided on Response to Iran’s Comprehensive Package".


from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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