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Iran, P5+1 Diplomacy Just Getting Started

The good news about the talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Kazakhstan may be the shared interest in turning the talks from events into a diplomatic process to allow time to bridge the gulf between positions, writes Mohammad Ali Shabani.
Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili listens during a news conference in Almaty February 27, 2013. World powers ended two days of talks with Iran on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough, and the two sides have agreed to meet at expert level in Istanbul next month and to hold further high-level negotiations in Kazakhstan in April.  REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) - RTR3EC82

With the conclusion of the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Kazakhstan, there is confusion about what to expect next. To move past this haze, it’s necessary to soberly assess the various aspects of the talks.   

There are three main reasons to be upbeat about the rendezvous in Kazakhstan.

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