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Iran, world powers discuss interim deal at nuclear talks

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Geneva: Envoys from Iran and six world powers started a new round of nuclear talks in Geneva on Thursday, aiming for an agreement on initial concessions from both sides.

The five permanent U.N. Security Council countries and Germany want Iran to halt some of its nuclear activities for a short period while offering to suspend some sanctions, in order to create space for negotiating a more comprehensive deal, according to Western officials.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said both sides were not that far apart and an agreement was possible during the two days of talks.

“We have identified the subjects on which everyone must give ground,” he said in an interview with the French daily Le Monde.

“We can conclude this week in Geneva, and if we don’t it’s not a disaster, as long as we move forward,” he said.

Mr. Zarif was meeting in Geneva with E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and with top foreign ministry officials from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany.

DPA

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