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(VIENNA) -- In a statement, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced an extension in the Iran nuclear talks.
Citing progress made in recent talks between all of the P5+1 foreign ministers, the statement said that talks will continue through a new deadline of November 24. Still, the statement said, "there are...significant gaps on some core issues which will require more time and effort."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted that the new deadline date is significant in that it is exactly one year to the day after the original plan of action was agreed to. Until the new deadline date, the terms agreed to in the interim deal remain in place, with the freezing of the Iranian nuclear program and suspension of some U.S. sanctions.
Kerry said that a "draft text" exists with many of the main issues, but that "brackets and blank spaces" still exist, including a disagreement over the enrichment capacity of the Natanz enrichment facility. Kerry calls that issue "an absolutely critical component of any potential comprehensive agreement."
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