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Time to make "hard decisions" in Iran nuclear talks-Kerry

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 01:46

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it's time to make hard decisions over the Iranian nuclear deal, as Iran's Rouhani says 'nothing cannot be resolved' between the parties. Pavithra George reports.

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Genuine progress but we're not quite there yet... ...that's how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described nuclear talks with Iran, at the end of five days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne to curb Iran's nuclear program for at least 10 years in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions on Tehran. SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We have not yet reached the finish line but make no mistake we have the opportunity to try to get this right. It is a matter of political will and tough decision making, it's matter of choices and we must all choose wisely in the days ahead." Kerry heads to London to meet his European counterparts to discuss how to resolve remaining sticking points -- before he heads back to Lausanne next week. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "This is and remains a P5+1 negotiation with Iran and I emphasize, we are united in our goal, our approach, our resolve and our determination to ensure that Iran's program is entirely peaceful."." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seemed equally optimistic that those sticking points which dampened previous Iran nuclear negotiations could be overcome, leading to a final agreement (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI SAYING: "In this round of talks, shared points of view emerged in some of the areas where there had been a difference of opinion, which can be a foundation for a final agreement." Talks between the United States and Iran on curbing Tehran's nuclear program will resume on March 26 in Switzerland, with both sides hoping to come to an agreement by the end of the month, ahead of a final deal at the end of June.

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Time to make "hard decisions" in Iran nuclear talks-Kerry

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 01:46