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Iran, US diplomats end nuclear talks

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Deputy foreign ministers from Iran and the United States have held a fresh round of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Zurich.

During their 2.5-hour meeting on Friday, the two sides discussed certain issues of difference.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi leads the Iranian negotiating delegation in the talks which will continue on Saturday while the US team is headed by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, and US Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to meet in the Swiss city to discuss Tehran’s nuclear talks.

The meeting between Zarif and his US counterpart will be held to discuss the latest developments surrounding Iran’s nuclear negotiations.

Zarif is also expected to meet his counterparts from the P5+1 group.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany – are in talks to secure a final comprehensive deal over Tehran’s nuclear work.

Political directors from foreign ministries of Iran and the six states wrapped up their talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.

Since an interim deal was agreed in Geneva in November 2013, the negotiating sides have missed two self-imposed deadlines to ink a final agreement.

Tehran and the six countries now seek to reach a high-level political agreement by March 1 and to confirm the full technical details of the accord by July 1.

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