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'Progress made' but deadline extended in Iran nuclear talks

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.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrive for a family picture during their meeting  in Vienna November 24, 2014. Iran, the United States and other world powers are all but certain to miss Monday's deadline for negotiations to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions, forcing th

VIENNA — Progress has been made in resolving some of the toughest issues in the Iran nuclear talks in recent days, but the parties need more time to finalize a durable agreement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said here Nov. 24, as Iran and the six world powers announced they would extend an interim nuclear deal seven more months, and give themselves four more months to reach a political agreement for a comprehensive nuclear accord.

“Progress was indeed made on some of the most vexing challenges that we face, and we now see the path toward potentially resolving some issues that have been intractable,” Kerry told journalists at a press conference here after four days of intense, hands-on negotiations to try to finalize an Iran nuclear accord by a self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline.

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