Oct. 15 - At the start of talks with six world powers, Iran presented its proposal aimed at achieving a breakthrough in a standoff over its disputed nuclear program. Sarah Irwin reports.
At the start of talks in Geneva with six world powers - Iran presents its proposals - aimed at a breakthrough over its disputed nuclear program. Details of the Iranian's proposals were not available - but Michael Mann - the spokesman for the European Union's foreign policy chief - said there was a sense of quote: "cautious optimism." SOUNDBITE: EU FOREIGN SPOKESMAN MICHAEL MANN, SAYING: "We have come here with a sense of cautious optimism and a great sense of determination, because we believe it is really time now for tangible results." With growing concerns of a new Middle East war, international pressure has intensified over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Bringing the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany to the table - Tehran's launched the two-day meeting in Switzerland, raising hopes for an end to the gridlock. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi. SOUNDBITE: IRANIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER ABBAS ARAQCHI, SAYING: "We are very serious, we are not here just symbolically, we are not here to waste our time, we are serious for real target-oriented negotiations between Iran and the other side, and we believe that the plan that we have introduced has the capacity to reach that." The talks mark Iran's first negotiations since the election in June of relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani. In the past, the six powers have demanded that Iran halt uranium enrichment - to 20 percent.