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Iran nuclear talks could extend past deadline

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 01:13

Negotiators continue to press for a nuclear deal with Iran, but say there is some flexibility with June 30 deadline. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: The clock is ticking. But nuclear negotiators just might hit the snooze button on Tuesday. European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said on Sunday it was not impossible to get a nuclear accord with Iran by the self-imposed deadline. She said outright postponing the deadline was not an option, but it could slide a couple of days just as April's deadline did. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF FEDERICA MOGHERINI, SAYING: "Everyone is very much aware of the fact that we have conditions now, to close the deal, to close a good deal, and we have to use these hours, these days to do it." But, British Foreign Secretary John Hammond says Iran and the P-5+1 have large gaps to close, and no deal is better than a bad deal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHN HAMMOND, SAYING: "There are red lines that we cannot cross and some very difficult decisions, tough choices are going to have to be made by all of us if we are going to get to this deal over the next few days." The main differences are on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for Iran in return for its steps to restrain its nuclear program and on the nature of monitoring mechanisms to ensure Tehran does not cheat on any agreement.

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Iran nuclear talks could extend past deadline

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 01:13