High hurdles remain in push for Iran nuclear deal in Geneva
Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 01:19
Nov. 9 - Britain and France caution that stumbling blocks to a deal on Iran's nuclear program remain, as ministers from Iran and six world powers continue their high-stakes negotiations to end a decade-old standoff. Gavino Garay reports.
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Foreign ministers from six world powers continue their intense talks with Iran in Geneva on Saturday.
They're hoping to clinch a long-sought deal to restrain Iran's disputed nuclear program.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned of serious stumbling blocks, as the high-stakes negotiations entered their third day.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) (AUDIO AS INCOMING) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER LAURENT FABIUS SAYING:
"I hope there will be an agreement, but at this stage there are still important points to deal with."
His British counterpart, William Hague:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE SAYING:
"These negotiations have made very good progress and continue to make good progress. I think it is fair to say. But there are still important issues to resolve, so clearly they are not over yet, we are going to have to give a lot of time and attention to these issues during t during the course of today and there is no fixed time for us to reach a conclusion."
The Western powers remain concerned that Iran's nuclear program is not for future nuclear power stations, as Tehran says -- but as potential fuel for nuclear warheads.
Diplomats say even if a breakthrough were to happen this weekend, it would only be the start of a long process towards finding a permanent resolution over Iran's nuclear quest.
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