After more than 15 hours of expert-level talks, the United States and other major world powers agreed with Iran early Wednesday to move toward resumption of full negotiations to ensure that Iran’s nuclear fuel enrichment does not turn into a nuclear weapons program, a European participant at the talks said.
The meeting, in Istanbul’s upscale Conrad hotel, began Tuesday amid doubts that talks would resume after they stalled last month.
But as of early Wednesday, the participants reached agreement to implement the ”œMoscow plan,” a process that would start with a mid-level meeting between senior European Union official, Helga Schmidt, and her Iranian counterpart, Ali Bagheri.
The outcome of those talks would determine whether full-scale negotiations will follow, a European diplomat attending the talks told McClatchy. The diplomat spoke anonymously because the discussions are ongoing.
Shortly after 1 a.m., the Iranian delegation left the talks without commenting. But one member, as he departed the hotel, told a reporter, ”œWe are smiling, and that says it all.”
Cheryl and I have been having an email discussion recently about the how a difference in cultural paradigms – one faction coming at the traditional format of diplomatic negotiations with a “buyer pays the list price” or “poker player” cultural paradigm, another with a haggling one – might effect outcomes in these talks. It’s a subtle effect, most likely – all parties know how the process is supposed to go, but cultural expectations will still have a background infuence. Eventually, these ruminations might turn into a post or two.