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November 9, 2014 10:43 am

U.S.-Iran Seeks Breakthrough in Nuclear Talks as Oman Meet Begins

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Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: WikiCommons.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Haaretz – The United States and Iran began high-level talks in Oman Sunday ahead of a looming deadline for a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, with both sides under pressure at home. US Secretary of State John Kerry started a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to try to close substantial gaps before November 24, when an interim agreement is meant to be turned into a comprehensive long-term settlement.

The meeting follows the revelation that US President Barack Obama reportedly wrote to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to push for a deal, arguing the Islamic republic and the West have shared regional interests.

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