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Western powers, Iran meet in Geneva for fresh round of talks

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:23

Nov. 20 - World powers resume efforts to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran's nuclear program at talks in Geneva. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Like clockwork, representatives for the European Union, the United States, Russia, China and Iran meet in Geneva for another round of talks. Once again, the subject of those talks... negotiating a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif met Wednesday afternoon. And Ashton's spokesman, Michael Mann, told journalists that their positive meeting showed a commitment to reaching a deal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, MICHAEL MANN, SAYING: "High Representative Ashton has come here determined to make further progress to drive the process forward. The fact that these talks are so soon after the last round is, I think, a sign of the seriousness of the negotiations." Diplomats close to the negotiations say Western powers are close to winning concessions from Iran in exchange for some sanctions relief. Still, Mann admits the talks could drag on. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, MICHAEL MANN, SAYING: "There has never been a deadline. We have made a great deal of progress in the last two rounds and we hope to continue that progress in this round. I mean, I can say it again, we just want to reach an agreement as quickly as we can but it has to be the right agreement, therefore it will take as long as it takes. But we're not here to talk for the sake of talking." The talks will continue until Friday.

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Western powers, Iran meet in Geneva for fresh round of talks

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:23