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Iran, US prepare for final push on nuclear deal in Vienna

Marathon talks between Iran and the six world powers are underway in Vienna to see if they can close a final nuclear deal before the July 20 deadline.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi arrive at their embassy in Vienna June 16, 2014. Zarif is in Vienna for a new round of talks between world powers and Iran on Tehran's contested nuclear programme. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader  (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) - RTR3U1FC

Washington, DC — An air of uncertainty and mutual resolve swirls over marathon nuclear talks that got underway in Vienna Wednesday (July 2) over whether Iran and six world powers (P5+1) can narrow key gaps to reach a final Iran nuclear accord by July 20.

The United States has sent some 15 officials, led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, to Vienna for talks between Iran and six world powers expected to last over two weeks — an unprecedented investment of top personnel and policy bandwidth that demonstrates the high value Washington has placed on the goal of trying to reach a negotiated agreement with Iran to ensure it does not obtain a nuclear weapon.

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