Kerry back to Iran talks Thursday

US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Switzerland for talks Thursday on a deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear program, five days before a deadline to reach the outline of an agreement.

Kerry’s office says he will meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne for the next stage in talks between the so-called P5+1 world powers and Iran.

The delegates have, in theory, given themselves until the end of the month to agree on the broad outlines of a political accord to govern a future final settlement of the stand-off.

Washington and its allies believe Iran’s purportedly civilian nuclear power program is a cover for a drive by the Islamic Republic to develop atomic weapons.

— AFP

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