Crunch final round of Iran nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (centre) arrives for lunch with EU envoy Catherine Ashton at the Iranian embassy in Vienna on November 18, 2014Iran and world powers ratcheted up the rhetoric Tuesday as they entered a final round of nuclear talks six days before a deadline for a deal, with still-considerable differences dogging the negotiations. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on arrival in Vienna that an accord would only happen if the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany make no “excessive demands”. “This is a very critical week obviously in Iran negotiations,” Kerry said. In a joint news conference, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called for more “flexibility by the Iranians to convince us that their intentions in their nuclear programme are entirely peaceful”.

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