'Serious gaps' between parties in Iran nuclear talks: W.House

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C, 2L) attends a meeting with other foreign officials during nuclear talks with Iran in the Palais Coburg in Vienna on November 21, 2014The White House acknowledged on Friday that “serious gaps” remain in deadlocked talks over Iran’s nuclear program just days before a deadline for an agreement. The comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif opted to stay on in Vienna in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough. Iran and the six powers — the US, China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany (P5+1) — have been negotiating intensively since February to turn an interim accord reached with Iran a year ago into a lasting agreement by November 24. The deal is aimed at easing fears that Tehran will develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities — an ambition the Islamic republic hotly denies.

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