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Days before deadline, Kerry in 'very tough' Iran talks

Published on Jul 15, 2014 12:23 AM

VIENNA (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry held what he called "very tough" talks with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday just six days before a deadline to cut a historic nuclear deal.

"We are in the middle of talks about nuclear proliferation and reining in Iran's programme, it is a really tough negotiation I will tell you," Kerry said during a second day of high-stakes discussions in Vienna.

His talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were in order to "gauge Iran's willingness to make the critical choices it needs to make," a senior US official said.

It was unclear how long they would last, although Egyptian state media reported that Kerry would visit the country on Tuesday in an effort to broker a truce in Gaza.

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