Iran nuclear talks race towards key deadline

(R-L) Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Political Director Helga Schmid with foreign ministers before the start of the P5+1 meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 30, 2015Foreign ministers from major powers pressed their Iranian counterpart on Monday as they sought to slot into place the final but also the trickiest pieces of a deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear programme as Tuesday’s deadline loomed. Britain’s Philip Hammond said as he became the last of the foreign ministers to arrive in a rainy Switzerland that they “believe a deal can be done”. “But it has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran’s reach,” he said. With time of the essence, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Hammond and the top diplomats of Russia, China, France and Germany are meeting for the first time since November.

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