High-stakes Iran nuclear talks in nail-biting extension

The head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi (C), walks after a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of nuclear talks on April 1, 2015 in LausanneRollercoaster talks aimed at stopping Iran getting a nuclear bomb went into extra time on Wednesday amid cautious signs that after seven days of tough negotiations a framework deal may be near. Speaking after Iran and major powers missed a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a potentially historic accord, Iran’s chief negotiator appeared hopeful. “We believe that at the end of the day we will be able to come to a conclusion and a resolution for all issues,” Abbas Araghchi said in a live interview with Iranian state television from Lausanne. He said he expected a press statement to be released, but repeated that global powers and Iran were still haggling over two main sticking points — a mechanism for lifting crippling sanctions against the Islamic republic and the country’s research ands development programme.

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