William Hague has said Iranian and UK officials will meet for a second time in Geneva next week. The Foreign Secretary added that it is understood on both sides that a "bi-lateral relationship needs to proceed on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis".
This includes discussion of numbers of and conditions for locally-engaged staff in the embassy premises of each country and visits to inspect these premises.
We must not forget for a moment that as things stand today, Iran remains in defiance of six Security Council resolutions and multiple resolutions of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors and is installing more centrifuges in its nuclear facilities.
In the absence of change to these policies, we will continue to maintain strong sanctions.
The UK is to take steps towards re-opening its embassies in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. Mr Hague hinted the UK and United States would be willing to look again at sanctions against Iran if its leadership was prepared to review its nuclear programme.
He told MPs in a statement to the House of Commons that both Iran and the UK would appoint charges d'affaires as part of efforts to broker better bilateral relations.