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World powers and Iran extend talks over nuclear deal


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World powers and Iran extend talks over nuclear deal

An agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme remains uncertain but there has been “very good progress” according to Britain’s Foreign Secretary.

Speaking during a break in the Geneva talks, William Hague said there are still very important issues to resolve but ministers are focused on finding an agreement.

“We have to do everything we can to seize the moment and seize the opportunity to reach a deal that has eluded the world and that the world has been unable to reach for a very long time,” Hague told reporters.

The six world powers and Iran are searching for an agreement to ease international fears that Tehran is seeking the capability to make nuclear weapons and, in exchange, offer the Middle East nation limited relief from sanctions that are hurting its economy.

The aim is to take a first step towards resolving a
protracted dispute that could otherwise plunge the volatile and oil-rich region into a new conflict.

The Iranian delegation has also expressed optimism that the extension will bear fruit.

Unlike previous encounters, all sides have remained quiet about details of the talks without the criticism and mutual allegations that have muddled meetings in the past.

Our correspondent, Fariba Mavaddat said: “With the Geneva talks now in their third day, the positive atmosphere has transform into a degree of uncertainty. Still the continued presence of all parties involved and talk of progress leaves room for hope of an agreement.”

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