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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) chats with Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili as they pose for the media before their meeting in Baghdad May 23, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Despite the dead end reached in the talks between Iran and the six world powers in Baghdad on Thursday, the sides agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow in mid-June, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr.

According to Mehr, the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton told a press conference in Baghdad that the third round of nuclear talks will take place on June 18 and 19 in Moscow.

Talks continued early Thursday morning between Iran and representatives of the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., France and Germany. After a short lunch break, the talks resumed in the afternoon, and are expected to conclude in the late afternoon.

During Thursday's morning's discussions, the Iranian delegation began to create the impression of a crisis in the talks in their briefings to Iranian media and foreign news agencies. The Iranians claimed that the six world powers had reneged on earlier promise of gestures toward Iran in exchange for moves on its part.

"Representatives of the world powers, and especially the American representatives, used language and expressions in the discussions that were very similar to those of senior Israeli government officials, which presented an obstacle to the progress of the discussions," an Iranian diplomat told Mehr.

At this point, despite the crisis atmosphere created by the Iranians, no side seems to have an interest in putting an end to the talks. Thus, the sides agreed to hold another round of talks in three weeks.