Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Moscow, June 19, 2012. Photo by AP
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Negotiations between the six world powers and Iran on its controversial nuclear program began Monday at 11 A.M., and are due to continue until Tuesday night.
The negotiating teams of Iran and the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - arrived in Moscow on Sunday for the third round of talks. After the current round, representatives of the powers are expected to fly to Israel and update its leaders.

A senior Israeli official has said that the powers have no intention of softening their position presented in Baghdad last month, even if this approach scuppers the negotiations.

5:00 P.M: The representatives of Iran and the six Western powers have concluded close to six hours of talks at Moscow's Golden Ring hotel on Tuesday, on the second day of nuclear discussions. So far, it seems that the sides are still far from a breakthrough.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Said Jalili is currently meeting with the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in an attempt to make headway.
1:35 P.M. - Iran warned on Tuesday that Western sanctions against the country's oil exports must be lifted and that their right to a civilian nuclear program recognized, or else Tehran could break off negotiations.

Iran's delegation said a negative response from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is leading six-power group talking with Iran, would mean "the end of the negotiations in its current configuration. (DPA)

1:15 P.M. - The Guardian correspondent Julian Borger who is currently in Moscow tweeted that a senior official in the Iranian delegation told him that the Russian representatives brought up several ideas for bridging the gaps between Iran and the world powers.

11:35 A.M. - The second day of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers started on Tuesday. The head of the Russian negotiating team Sergei Ryabkov updated the rest of the representatives regarding his meeting on Monday morning with the Iranian delegation. Ryabkov told Reuters that he does not fear the collapse of the talks.
"I don't think anything will break down. We will have a reasonable outcome," Ryabkov told Reuters after meeting his counterparts from the six powers in a Moscow hotel on Tuesday.

He had called the two sides' negotiating positions "rather difficult and tough to reconcile" on Monday.

11:00 A.M. - Head Russian negotiator Sergei Ryabkov will meet with head Iranian negotiator Sayed Jalili this morning in an attempt to bring about a breakthrough in the talks. On Monday, Jalili spent several hours in talks with Nikolai Patrushev, Russian President Putin's national security adviser.

Blogger Laura Rozen, who is covering the talks from Moscow, quoted a Western diplomat who cited persistent gaps in the two sides' positions. "It's not enough, it's not close to enough," the diplomat said.

According to the diplomat, the Iranians presented their position using Power Point slides on Monday, but did not offer any new positions or signs of flexibility regarding their demand to enrich uranium to a level of 20 percent.

10:30 A.M. - Iranian officials and representatives of the six powers are scheduled to renew their talks at 11 A.M. on Tuesday morning at Moscow's Golden Ring Hotel.

Several hours before the renewal of talks, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin released a joint statement calling on Iran to prove to the international community that its nuclear program is meant for strictly peaceful purposes.

In their statement, released after a meeting at the G20 summit in Mexico, the two leaders called on Iran to fully honor its obligations as outlined in UN Security Council's resolution. Both leaders emphasized their recognition of Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear energy program, but said Iran must make serious efforts to restore the trust of the international community.