Iran and world powers agreed in nuclear talks on Saturday to hold a more in-depth meeting in Baghdad on May 23 where, the EU's foreign policy chief warned Tehran, concrete results must be achieved. Catherine Ashton said there had been “constructive and useful” talks with Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili and said this was a “process which, if it is to be successful, will have to be sustained”.

The talks involved the so-called P5+1 grouping — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — and Iran.

Dr. Jalili for his part praised the “desire of the other side for dialogue and cooperation. We consider that as a positive sign... For the Iranian people the language of threat and pressure doesn't work”.

The last time Iran met with the P5+1 in Istanbul in January 2011, it quickly became apparent the talks would go nowhere, but this time diplomats said Tehran's delegation had come with a much more constructive attitude. “What was very striking as soon as Jalili started talking was that there was a difference in tone, in mood,” one envoy said.

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