Iran's Zarif back at nuclear talks, seeking 'final deal'

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (C) laughs at the start of a meeting on nuclear policy at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, on June 30, 2015Iran’s foreign minister kept his cards close to his chest Tuesday as he met with US top diplomat John Kerry for the next stage of marathon nuclear talks, while saying a final deal was possible. As Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned from consultations in Tehran, a deadline of midnight (2200 GMT) for an accord ending a dangerous 13-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions was widely expected to be extended, but only by a few more days. In what may be a positive sign, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also arrived in Vienna to meet Kerry and Zarif, with German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier due to return to the Austrian capital later in the day, sources said.

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