US envoy William Burns (right) meets with chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (centre) for talks in Geneva, a day after Condoleezza Rice said the US had modified its Iran position.
Major world powers will sound out
The unprecedented participation of a senior
Signs of easing tension have helped knocked the price of oil off recent record highs, but the optimism was tempered by a U.S. insistence that despite the presence of its envoy William Burns, real negotiations cannot begin until
"That remains the
Arriving for talks with officials from the
Jalili has a mandate from
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Western diplomats say they want the talks to clarify
"We are interested in creating conditions in a creative manner to start negotiations," said a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who presented the offer to
The U.N. has imposed three sets of sanctions on
Tension has intensified since
Yet oil prices slipped on Friday, ending 13 percent down from last week's record of over $147 a barrel of crude.
Traders cited as factors the attendance of Burns -- a career diplomat who helped restore
Date created : 2008-07-19