Kerry seeks breakthrough in troubled Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures to former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they arrive for nuclear talks in Vienna on November 20, 2014Troubled Iran nuclear talks enter the make-or-break endgame Friday as US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart seek a breakthrough just days ahead of a deadline. Meeting in Vienna in a final round of talks between Iran and six world powers before Monday’s deadline to agree a deal, the differences are few in number but of major significance. Speaking in Paris Thursday before flying to Vienna, Kerry said however that the possibility of putting more time on the clock — as happened in July with an earlier deadline — was not on the table. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond had said on Wednesday that he was “not optimistic” the deadline could be met, suggesting that the best hope was for another extension.

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