MOSCOW — Scrambling to avert failure in the talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program, diplomats for Iran and six world powers agreed on Tuesday to extend the negotiation’s life by holding a round of lower-level meetings next month, despite little visible progress toward a compromise and clear frustration and mistrust on both sides.
Without having made any substantive advances, technical meetings are to be convened July 3 in Istanbul — where the negotiations resumed in April. Diplomats made the announcement at a news conference after what were described as two days of difficult talks, held at a Moscow hotel across from the Russian Foreign Ministry. […]
“The U.S. was expecting progress in terms of miles, but the talks in Istanbul, Baghdad, and Moscow have progressed in inches,” said Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.
“Assumptions of an easy breakthrough were premature because of the gulf of mistrust,” he said. “It was a success that talks have gone this far. The problem is that Iran is stuck in its position: It has to give up substantial things — trump cards — for talks to proceed substantively, and it needs serious concessions in return.” But the six powers, he said, are “not ready to give them.”
Until US election and Iranian election (June 2013 - a year away) ends nothing major can be really agreed. That view is the dominant one.