But top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said the discussions wereNow that you are done reading that, reread the first four paragraphs of the BBC article. What you will find is that the situation is exactly the same as it was last year this time. It is also exactly the same as it was the year before, and the year before that.
positive and more would be held.
The US and its allies are now expected to press for more sanctions on Tehran, but Mr Jalili said such pressure would not make Iran curb its nuclear plans.
The UN is demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment.
Iran says its programme is peaceful, but some Western powers fear it is seeking to make weapons.
'I expected more'
The two envoys emerged after five hours of talks and spoke to the media separately, giving dramatically different interpretations of the outcome.
BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says Mr Solana was looking for signs that the Iranians were prepared to suspend uranium enrichment work as demanded by the UN Security Council, but his comments after the talks suggest there has been no progress on the issue.
"I expected more and am therefore disappointed," the EU official said.
"I will be in telephonic contact with the Iranians before the end of December," he added, saying the envoys would meet again if circumstances permitted.
The situation has not changed at all.
If nothing changes, nothing will change.
Mr. Solana ought to be disappointed with himself. After all, he has been ignoring reality for years now, and he has been doing it with regard to one of the biggest problems facing our world today.