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Kerry to meet Zarif, Ashton again Friday night: US State Department official


A US State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will meet again with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union envoy Catherine Ashton on Friday night in Vienna.

“Secretary Kerry will be meeting with… Ashton and Foreign Minister Zarif tonight,” the official said on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

The US official did not elaborate or say when the meeting would start.

Earlier reports said that Kerry will leave the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna to travel to Paris for further consultations with some of the nations involved in the talks.

But now it is unclear whether Kerry will leave Vienna for Paris or stay in the Australian capital to continue the high level talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Earlier on Friday, Kerry, Zarif and Ashton held a meeting to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond also joined the talks on Friday.

Kerry arrived in Vienna on Thursday, insisting that the talks on Iran’s nuclear program were focused on a deal before the Nov. 24 deadline.

Earlier reports said that Zarif will leave the nuclear energy talks with the P5+1 – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – in the Austrian capital to Tehran to consult. But later reports said that Zarif was staying “and the talks will continue.”

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