Iran nuclear talks extended to November 24

An Iranian flag outside the Vienna International Centre hosting the United Nations (UN) headquarters and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, on July 3, 2014World powers and Iran agreed to extend their talks on Tehran’s nuclear program until November 24, officials said Friday, as Washington said it would unblock some $2.8 billion in frozen Iranian funds. In a deal reached late Friday in Vienna, the United States would release the funds in return for Iran agreeing to convert some of its 20 percent enriched uranium stocks into fuel, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. The top US diplomat stressed that since an interim six-month accord struck last November Iran had stuck by its side of the deal “to neutralize its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium; Efforts have been made to close off a path to a plutonium bomb through Iran’s reactor at Arak, and ensure a facility at Fordow could also not be used to build an atomic bomb.

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