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Kerry says Iran nuclear talks ‘making progress’

Talks between Iran and major powers towards a historic nuclear deal are facing tough issues but are making progress, US Secretary of State John Kerry says during a break from talks in Vienna.

“We are working very, very hard and we have some very difficult issues but we believe we’re making progress and we’re going to continue to work because of that,” Kerry tells reporters.

His comments, a day after negotiators gave themselves until July 7 to agree a deal, follow a meeting in the Austrian capital with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Earlier Zarif said: “We have made progress and we will make progress and we will use every opportunity to make progress.”

The foreign ministers of France and China, Laurent Fabius and Wang Yi, are expected to join the negotiations in Vienna Thursday along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The aim is to finalize a framework accord agreed in April under which Iran will curb its nuclear activities — making any drive to make nuclear weapons all but impossible — in exchange for relief from painful sanctions.

— AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (unseen) at a hotel in Vienna on June 28, 2015 as part of  talks between Iran and the US concerning Iran's nuclear program.  (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Carlos Barria)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (unseen) at a hotel in Vienna on June 28, 2015 as part of talks between Iran and the US concerning Iran’s nuclear program. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Carlos Barria)

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