Iran sharply divided on nuke talks
Hard-liners remain a stumbling block
wind out of attempts by their more moderate colleagues to convey optimism ahead of this week’s talks in Geneva between Iran’s nuclear negotiators and the socalled P5+1 group — consisting of the U.N. Security Council’s five permanent members — the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia — plus Germany.
At a minimum, Mr. Jazayeri’s statements starkly contrast the narrative being pushed outside by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has since early last month played a central role in what many international observers describe as a charm offensive toward the West by the more moderate Rouhani government.
Mr. Zarif drew attention in Paris on Monday when told the France 24 television news network that Iran had “come very far” during the recent rounds of nuclear talks and is “prepared” to “make a few more steps” during the talks that start Thursday in Geneva.
“I believe it is possible to reach an agreement during this meeting,” he said. “But I can only talk for our side, I cannot talk for the other side.”