As talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their second day today in Geneva, Carnegie’s George Perkovich spoke to  WNYC's the Takeaway host John Hockenberry.

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia), in addition to Germany—the so-called P-5 + 1 group—have sent representatives to meet with Iranian foreign ministry officials to discuss a way to resolve the standoff over the country’s nuclear program. Some experts are touting this as the first moment in a decade when both sides are hopeful about a negotiated solution. Perkovich said the talks were the most promising thing that had happened in the last twelve years since this issue has really been a crisis. “They seem serious in actually wanting to resolve it,” said Perkovich, adding, “their main motivation is that they want sanctions relief.”

This interview was originally broadcast on WNYC’s the Takeaway.