Israel has almost no expectations that low-level technical talks between Iran
and world powers set to begin Tuesday in Istanbul will lead to any substantial
breakthrough, government officials said Monday.
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Following talks two weeks
ago that failed to produce any significant movement, the parties agreed to hold
a low-level parley of technical experts to see if there was any reason to
convene another full meeting.
Three rounds of talks this year so far – in
Istanbul, Baghdad and Moscow – have failed to get the Iranians to curb their
“Obviously we have supported the sanctions that have
been in place, and call for their expansion,” one government official said of
Tuesday’s talks. “Simultaneously we call for the international community to step
up demands on the regime, and for a total cessation of all uranium enrichment,
high and low.”