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Kerry expected to join Iran talks as deadline looms

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to join Iran final deal talks in Vienna this weekend as expectation grows that an extension may be needed.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to brief members of the U.S. Senate on talks with Iran during a closed-door meeting at the Capitol in Washington, December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTX16EEK

Vienna — US Secretary of State John Kerry will likely join high-stakes Iran nuclear talks here the weekend of July 12, but it will not be with the expectation to close a final deal, amid continued fundamental gaps in positions that are increasingly expected to require an extension to the talks.

The Iranians are trying to be creative and we are trying to be creative. But it’s not clear that they have yet made the choices needed to be able to reach a comprehensive deal by July 20, a US official at the talks, speaking not for attribution, told Al-Monitor July 9.

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