Iran Nuclear Talks: Doubts Over Deal As Deadline Looms

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Doubts are growing daily at talks in Vienna that a deal on the Iran’s controversial nuclear programme will be struck before a Monday deadline. BBC was there:

Both the US and Germany said the sides were working to close “big gaps”, with some suggestions that the deadline could be extended.

Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of United Nations sanctions.

Iran rejects claims that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons.

It says its programme is purely peaceful for energy purposes.

Representatives of the so-called P5+1 group – Britain, China, France, Russia, the US plus Germany – are taking part in the negotiations with Iran in the Austrian capital.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We’re working hard. We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps… which we’re working to close.”

He spoke after a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif – their fourth in three days.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said progress was still possible if Iran wanted it. His Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov is travelling to Vienna to join the talks later on Sunday, Russian media report.

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