Negotiators for Iran and the European Union met Wednesday in Berlin for talks amid suggestions the US might be willing to defer seeking sanctions for a few weeks if there is a chance for a diplomatic resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani went into their meeting at a Foreign Ministry facility by the side of Lake Tegel on the outskirts of Berlin without making statements to reporters.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was not participating in the talks, said he was optimistic about progress.
"I have the expectation that the talks today will be successful," Steinmeier said. "I think that today we will not get any final news, but hopefully in the course of tomorrow."