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Iran's nuclear issue: hopes emerging, bumpy road ahead

By Du Yuanjiang, He Guanghai (Xinhua)

10:04, April 16, 2012

TEHRAN, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The long-awaited talks over Tehran 's controversial nuclear program concluded in Istanbul of Turkey on Saturday between Iran and six world powers, with both sides describing the talks as positive and constructive.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - - the United States, France, Russia, China, and Britain -- plus Germany (P5+1) agreed to hold another round of talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on May 23.

Although hopes are emerging for the resolution of the long- standing Iranian nuclear issue, the road ahead remains bumpy, analysts say.

"The world witnessed Saturday it (the atmosphere of talks) was different, but the concrete results will not come out immediately or in one go," Dr. Sadeq Zibakalam, a professor of political science at Tehran University, told Xinhua on Sunday.

SIGNS OF PROGRESS

The softened position of the Iranian delegation and the pragmatic approach the P5+1 took in the talks led to agreement on some initial generalities over Iran's nuclear issue.

Both sides during the Istanbul talks agreed to prepare a draft to be discussed in the next round of talks in Baghdad, which is a positive step.

The "constructive" atmosphere of the Istanbul talks was not unexpected as both sides entered the dialogues with gestures of willingness to ease, to some extent, the ever-increasing tensions around the nuclear program of the Islamic republic.

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