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Delegations of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, European Union official Catherine Ashton and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sit around the negotiations table in Vienna, Nov. 24, 2014. (photo by AFP/Joe Klamar)

US, Iran to hold bilateral talks in Geneva

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Iran will hold one-on-one talks in Geneva Dec. 15-16 as they redouble efforts to reach a final nuclear accord.

Russian envoy helps advance Iranian nuclear deal

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has played a highly constructive role in helping to advance an Iran nuclear deal despite tensions between the Kremlin and the West.

US sanctions expert to leave as Iran talks extended

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

State Department Iran sanctions official Richard Nephew is among the US officials expected to leave as Iran talks are extended, but Wendy Sherman will stay on as the lead US Iran negotiator.

Iran to limit centrifuge R&D under extension

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran has agreed to take further steps to freeze its nuclear program under the terms of a seven-month extension of an interim nuclear deal in exchange for continued sanctions relief.

Last days of Iran talks showed signs of promise

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

There had been indications of new progress behind the scenes in the Iran talks' final days.

'Progress made' but deadline extended in Iran nuclear talks

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

With the self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline for a comprehensive Iran nuclear accord pushed seven months, analysts recognize important progress made in talks but worry that further delay could increase risk in relations between Iran and the West.

Momentum builds to uncertain conclusion at Iran talks

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats scramble to make progress in the Iran nuclear talks on the eve of the Nov. 24 deadline; a Chinese diplomat is due to join the Vienna talks as a last-minute addition.

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