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Iran warned of "last chance" in nuclear talks after deadline missed

Published on Jul 20, 2014 1:51 PM
 
 EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a news conference in Vienna on July 18, 2014. Iran faced Western pressure on Saturday to make concessions over its atomic activities after it and six world powers failed to meet a July 20 deadline for a deal to end the decade-old dispute but agreed to keep talking. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Iran faced Western pressure on Saturday to make concessions over its atomic activities after it and six world powers failed to meet a July 20 deadline for a deal to end the decade-old dispute but agreed to keep talking.

The countries agreed to extend the high-stakes negotiations by four months, and let Iran access another US$2.8 billion (S$3.5 billion) of its cash frozen abroad during that period, though most sanctions on the Islamic Republic stayed in place.

Germany - one of the major powers trying to persuade Iran to curb its nuclear programme - warned that the extended talks might be the last chance for a long time to reach a peaceful solution.

Echoing the views of other envoys, a Western diplomat said there had been some progress during nearly three weeks of marathon discussions in Vienna's 19th century Coburg palace and that gaps in positions were not "unbridgeable".

 
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