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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif arrives in Geneva for nuclear talks

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 01:24

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Geneva for an intensive round of talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives in Geneva for another round of talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program -- ...which the U.S. and its allies fear could be used to develop a nuclear bomb. On Monday, Zarif will gather with representatives from the U.S., Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany -- also known as P5+1 -- ... in hopes of ending a 12-year stand-off over the issue. A U.S. official said that, for the first time, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz would attend talks -- -- a sign of the "extreme technical and detailed nature" of this stage, the official said. Speaking in London Sunday, Kerry admitted that "significant gaps" remain in their negotiations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "A unified P5+1 has put on the table creative ideas to achieve our objective, and now we will find out whether or not Iran is able to match its words about its willingness to show that its program is fully peaceful, with the verifiable actions and verifiable decisions that are necessary to accomplish that goal." Kerry also said that U.S. President Barack Obama has no intention of extending talks beyond current deadlines. Negotiators are on a March 31 deadline for a basic framework agreement.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif arrives in Geneva for nuclear talks

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 01:24