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Iran nuke talks stumble a day after missing deal deadline

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago April 01, 2015 Apr 1, 2015 Wednesday, April 01 2015 April 01, 2015 11:54 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Matthew Lee, George Jahn

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are still facing a "tough struggle," indicating the talks are not likely to end soon.

At the same time, he's holding out hope that the sides will be able to negotiate a preliminary accord that will let them embark on a new phase of talks aiming for a final deal by June.

For nearly a week, Iran and six powers have been locked in haggling over what that initial understanding should look like. The talks were extended past the Tuesday deadline in an effort to bridge differences.

Steinmeier said Wednesday that he hopes when the talks end "we won't just be reporting about closing gaps ... but also over agreement about important points."

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