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Slow progress on Iran talks

In the Jan. 18 Iran nuclear talks, top officials expressed concern about making sufficient progress to meet the March 24 agreement deadline.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva January 14, 2015. Zarif said on Wednesday that his meeting with Kerry was important to see if progress could be made in narrowing differences on his country's disputed nuclear program.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4LDZW

GENEVA — Diplomats from Iran and the six world powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, or P5+1), did not make as much progress in accelerating nuclear deal talks here this week as they had hoped, but “We are moving in the right direction,” a senior Iranian diplomat said Jan. 18.

“[We held] serious, business-like, good discussions today,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said at the conclusion of talks Jan. 18 between Iran and the P5+1. “We are still trying to bridge gaps between the two sides.”

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