Abbas Araghchi

The fourth round of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 has ended in Vienna with no announcement of the result.

While past sessions have ended with press conferences to announce a certain level of progress, this time the talks ended without any statements from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton or Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iranian national television has announced that the talks ended without any resolutions and with no date set for the next round.

Last night, the U.S. representative in the 5+1 delegation, Wendy Sherman, assessed the progress of the talks as slow.

Top Iranian diplomat Abbas Araghchi said while the talks were serious and positive, no specific progress was made in drafting the final agreement. He assessed this as a natural outcome at this stage of the talks, when the parties leave behind the general discussions and try to hammer out the final agreement.

There have been no official reports regarding contentious issues. Reuters and the Associated Press have reported that the main areas of disagreement are the Arak Heavy Water Plant, uranium enrichment and Iran’s ballistic program