Officials of six world powers --the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China-- begin a fresh round of talks with Iran amid hopes of progress toward a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
(LOS ANGELES TIMES) BAGHDAD - The six world powers opened the meeting at midday Wednesday with a group session led by Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief. The group is expected to outline a proposed interim deal in which Iran would halt production of 20% enriched uranium, which can be purified relatively easily to material that can be used in a nuclear bomb. It would also surrender control of all of the material and dismantle an underground bunker where it is being refined.
In return, the other nations would hold off on further sanctions against Iran and would provide several incentives, including help with Iran's civilian nuclear program.