Iran rejects 'bullying' as West stresses unity in nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and German Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier attend a meeting about the recently concluded round of negotiations with Iran over Iran's nuclear program in LondonBy Lesley Wroughton LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take “difficult decisions”. With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced U.S. “bullying” in the negotiations and repeated Tehran’s denial that it was seeking to develop a nuclear weapon. After week-long talks with Iran in Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to London to confer with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany on prospects for resolving the dispute, which goes back more than a decade and has threatened at times to unleash a new war in the Middle East.

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