Kerry says 'driving towards finish' on Iran nuke deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press at the US ambassador's residence in Paris on November 5, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Wednesday he was “driving towards the finish” to secure what would be a historic deal with Iran over its nuclear programme as a November 24 deadline looms. Speaking to reporters in Paris, Kerry said there was “no intention at this point of talking about an extension” as ministers stepped up shuttle diplomacy ahead of the deadline. “We are not contemplating an extension,” stressed Kerry, ahead of what are likely to be crunch talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Muscat on November 9-10. The meeting in Oman comes amid recognition that serious gaps still remain between global powers grouped under the so-called P5+1 powers — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany — and Iran.

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