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Kerry, Russian FM join Iran nuclear talks

November 22, 2013 • World News


EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, second left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, third right, attend talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva on Friday Nov. 22, 2013. The nuclear talks being held formally group six world powers with Iran. But the seven nations have convened only once since the current round of talks started Wednesday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton have met instead to try to find common language on a first-step deal. The two resumed their talks Friday. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini,Pool)

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of other major powers lent their weight to the Iran nuclear talks after envoys reported progress Friday in marathon negotiations to curb the Iranian program in return for limited sanctions relief.

After a third day of talks, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Kerry was en route to Geneva to “help narrow the differences.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Geneva late Friday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced he would also travel to Geneva. A French diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would join the others here.

The announcements followed a day in which diplomats appeared more and more optimistic that a deal could be struck.

As talks adjourned, a diplomat said Iranian Foreign Minister and top European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton had made progress on a key sticking point — Iran’s claim to a right to produce nuclear fuel through uranium enrichment

Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi in Geneva as saying that Iran’s right to uranium enrichment must be part of any deal.

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