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John Kerry kicks off fresh Iran nuclear deal talks

The Secretary of State trying to get basic framework by March 31 for planning sanctions lift if Iran curbs its nuclear program
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ZarREUTERS/Brian Snyder

Reuters –U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed nuclear talks on Monday in the Swiss city of Lausanne to try to narrow gaps before a March 31 deadline for a political agreement.

The meeting included U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who also met on Sunday to negotiate technical details on how to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Kerry has urged Iran to make concessions that would allow six world powers to reach a political framework agreement for a nuclear deal with Tehran that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

The parties have set a June 30 deadline to finalize an accord. Iran and major powers will meet this week in Lausanne but the date has not been announced yet.

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