It was agreed that the talks would open in Kazakhstan. DEBKAfile: No progress is expected this time any more than all the previous rounds of nuclear negotiations with Iran. Their real purpose is to save the US and Western powers from having to make good on their promise to exercise their military option for preventing Israel acquiring a nuclear capability and Iran from interruptions in its drive for a nuke..

 Iran's foreign minister Ali Akbar Saleh said Monday he was optimistic.