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Kerry - Time to finish Iran deal
06 Jul 2015 14:02
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that "it is now time" to finalise a historic nuclear deal with Iran.
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Talks are taking place in Vienna between Tehran and major powers.
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"It is now time to see whether or not we are able to close an agreement," Mr Kerry said yesterday, ahead of tomorrow's deadline.
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"Over the past few days we have in fact made genuine progress", he said.
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But, he added, "I want to be absolutely clear with everybody we are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues".
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"While I completely agree ... that we have never been closer, at this point this negotiation could go either way," he said.
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The comments came after meetings in Vienna between Mr Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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Their counterparts from Russia, Britain, France, Germany and possibly China are expected to join the talks.
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Building on a framework deal struck in April, the six nations want Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear programme for at least ten years in exchange for progressive relief from sanctions.
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This, the powers hope, will put an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach - an aim Tehran denies having - and end a 13-year standoff that has at times threatened to escalate into armed conflict.
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