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Talks with Iran over nuclear deal enter critical round today

Published on Jun 16, 2014 9:30 AM

VIENNA (AFP) - Iran and world powers' high-stakes nuclear talks enter a critical fifth round in Vienna on Monday, with both sides still far apart on crucial issues five weeks before a deadline for a deal.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany want Teheran to scale back its nuclear activities, while Iran wants all UN and Western sanctions to be lifted.

This long hoped-for accord would be aimed at once and for all silencing fears that Teheran might develop nuclear weapons, and averting a slide into international conflict.

It also remains to be seen whether possible cooperation between Iran and the United States on the Iraq crisis will help the old foes find common ground in Vienna.

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