MOSCOW — Iran and six world powers resume nuclear talks today no closer to progress than in previous rounds, with the clock ticking on international diplomatic efforts to persuade Tehran to curb activities that could be used to make atomic arms.
Diplomats from several nations meeting with Iran in Moscow depict the talks as crucial. They say that it will likely be the last in a series and that, if negotiators fail to make headway in persuading Tehran to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment, it's unclear if or when new talks would occur.
Iran insists its nuclear activities are peaceful. It denies interest in the nuclear weapons application of uranium enrichment, insisting it wants to make only reactor fuel and medical isotopes.
While Iran wants the other side to recognize its right to enrich and blink first by easing sanctions, the six say the onus is on Tehran to show it is ready to compromise. Such a stalemate makes the chances of substantial progress unlikely in Moscow.
Iran and the six negotiating powers — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United States — met last month in Baghdad.