A second day of talks with Iran over its nuclear program has wrapped up in Vienna. Six world powers were at the table with Tehran for the discussions–now in their fifth round.
Optimism is high that a deal can be reached soon. Recent high-level U.S.-Iran talks that were meant to pave the way to a final nuclear deal only highlighted the two nations’ huge differences, say two diplomats, further diminishing expectations that a July 20 target date for agreement will be met.
U.S. and Iranian officials are both concerned by the swift advance of radical Islamist forces in Iraq and officials from the two countries met here briefly Monday. But the nuclear talks, a senior State Department official said, are “its own process.”
The official demanded anonymity in line with State Department rules. There is also hope that relations with the Iranians could warm if all sides can work out a plan to counter the militants in Iraq. CCTV’s Sandra Gathmann has this report.