Nuclear talks go on past deadline

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Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out an agreement.

Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight, US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, although there still were “several difficult issues” to bridge.

Secretary of state John Kerry, who had planned to leave the talks yesterday, was remaining. And an Iranian negotiator said his team could stay “as long as necessary” to clear the remaining hurdles.

The decision came after six days of marathon efforts to reach a preliminary understanding by midnight local time in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The negotiations included foreign ministers from all seven nations at the table – Iran, the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

After more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to limit Tehran’s nuclear advances, the talks had already been extended twice, demonstrating the difficulties of reaching an agreement that meets the demands of both sides.

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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