Iran expects progress in forthcoming nuclear talks in Geneva

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday that forthcoming nuclear talks in Geneva and the participation of a US diplomat for the first time looked positive and that he expected progress. The US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns will attend the talks in Geneva on Saturday - the first time the US has had such a presence - and join colleagues from other world powers to meet with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. "The new negotiation process and the participation of US diplomat look positive from the outset but we hope that is reflected in the talks," Mottaki told a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan.