The top diplomats from the United States and Iran met privately Thursday on the sidelines of a larger negotiating session about Iran’s disputed nuclear program, marking the highest-level discussion in years between two nations that have been firm adversaries for more than three decades.
Both U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called their talks productive and constructive. The group of nations that have negotiated intermittently with Iran over its nuclear ambitions agreed to meet again in about three weeks in Switzerland for what Kerry called more-substantive work.
“I think all of us were pleased that Foreign Minister Zarif came and made a presentation to us, which was very different in tone and very different in the vision that he held out, with respect to the possibilities for the future,” Kerry told reporters.
Kerry did not detail what Zarif had proposed but said further sessions would seek to “find a way to answer the questions that people have about Iran’s nuclear program.”