While Israel continues to say the Iranians are using talks with the world powers to waste time, Jerusalem is tellingly still not calling for them to be discontinued, even as Tuesday’s “technical talks” in Istanbul led to nothing more than an agreement to meet again.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a statement early on Wednesday morning saying that a “full day” of “technical discussions” went on until 1 a.m., and that the P5+1 – the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany – provided further details of their proposals given to Iran two months ago, and that Iran shared “further details of their proposal.”

Experts, the statement read, “explored positions on a number of technical subjects.”

The technical meeting in Istanbul will be followed by a meeting between Ashton’s top aid Helga Schmid and Ali Bagheri, the deputy of Iran’s supreme national security council. No date, however, was given for that meeting, which will be aimed at paving the way for further political negotiations.

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