Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Till July

 KABUL: (Middle East Press) The US and Iran say they are positive of reaching a deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme after agreeing a seven-month expansion to talks.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said a deal was close but US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that some points of disagreement remained.

Six world powers want Iran to control its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, but wants atomic energy.

The six countries – the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – have been in discussions with Iran to finalise a preliminary agreement reached last year in Geneva.

They have now agreed to extend negotiations, with the aim of reaching a high-level political agreement by 1 March, and confirming the full technical details of the agreement by 1 July.

Iran would be allowed to continue accessing $700m (£450m) a month in frozen assets during that period.

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