At the end of the 15-16 October talks in Geneva between the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) and Iran, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton told a press conference that “one of the things that we have all agreed on is that we are not going to talk about the details, about discussions and the work that is going on,” which meant that reports from Geneva were singularly short on specifics.

The Iranians let it be known that they had presented a three-phase plan for ending the nuclear stand off, and the joint statement by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Baroness Ashton on 16 October – itself something of an innovation – confirmed that in “substantive and forward looking negotiations” Iran had “presented an outline of a plan as a proposed basis for negotiation” and that “it was decided to convene the next meeting in Geneva on November 7 and 8.” (CONTINUED - 368 WORDS)