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Finish line in sight at Iran nuclear talks

Substantial progress has been made in resolving key issues for a final Iran nuclear deal, but diplomats said some big and small issues still remain to be overcome to conclude the deal.
Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) walks near the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2015.  Iran and world powers made progress on future sanctions relief for Iran in marathon nuclear talks on Saturday, but remained divided on issues such as lifting United Nations sanctions and the development of advanced centrifuges.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1J12P

VIENNA — Substantial progress has been made in resolving key issues in the past days, putting a final Iran nuclear deal within reach, but big and small differences still need to be overcome to close the deal, diplomats said July 4.

“We never progressed as far as we [have] now, we never went so far in drafting, however there are still differences,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in an interview with Iran’s state television (IRIB) Channel 1 on July 4.

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