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Iran nuclear deal talks to 'move to next phase' in May

Published on Apr 9, 2014 11:48 PM

VIENNA (AFP) - Iran and world powers will in May "move to the next phase" of their talks aimed at clinching a definitive nuclear deal, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday after their latest meeting in Vienna.

"We will now move to the next phase in the negotiations in which we will aim to bridge the gaps in all the key areas and work on the concrete elements of a possible comprehensive agreement," said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who is the chief negotiator for the world powers.

In a statement repeated in Farsi by Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Ms Ashton said a "lot of intensive work will be required to overcome the differences which naturally still exist at this stage in the process."

Both described the latest round between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany as "substantive and detailed ... covering all the issues which will need to be part of a comprehensive agreement."

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