U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Iran and a group of six world powers have made progress in talks about Iran's nuclear program, but that "very real gaps remain" on key issues. Kerry spoke Tuesday in Vienna after the latest meeting in an effort to find a long-term agreement to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his final press conference after talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Austria Convention Center in Vienna, on July 15, 2014.
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency
He said the two sides are working in good faith and that meeting a Sunday deadline is still possible. He also said there is "no question" that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by Iranian state media as saying that the U.S. must "take political decisions in Washington" to end the "deadlock" in the nuclear talks. He did not elaborate.
The United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany reached an interim agreement with Iran last year that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
They have since been working on getting assurances that Iran is not and will not seek nuclear weapons, while Iran wants the repeal of international sanctions that have hurt its economy. Iran has long maintained its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes like power generation and medical research.
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