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Timetable and framework set for ambitious Iran nuclear talks

Published on Feb 20, 2014 9:09 PM

VIENNA (AFP) - Iran and world powers agreed on Thursday on a timetable and framework for the ambitious and arduous process of hammering out a lasting nuclear accord by July 20 that satisfies all sides.

Such a deal, if reached, should resolve the decade-old standoff over Iran's nuclear drive, silence talk of war for good and help normalise Teheran's strained international relations.

After chairing "very productive" days of talks in Vienna, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said experts would meet in early March before political directors return to Vienna on March 17.

"There is a lot to do, it won't be easy but we have made a good start," Ms Ashton told reporters, saying negotiators had "identified all the issues we need to address".

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