All sides making 'genuine effort' for Iran deal - Kerry

2015-07-03 21:27
Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

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Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday praised a "genuine effort" by all sides negotiating a nuclear accord with Iran to get the deal done as a new deadline looms.

"We have some tough issues, but there's been a genuine effort by everybody to be serious about this and to understand the time constraints that we're working under," Kerry said as he began a new round of talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The teams were working "very diligently all day in order to maximise progress" and with "a great sense of purpose in a good-faith effort to make progress. And we are making progress", the top US diplomat said.

"We will continue to work. Tonight. Tomorrow. Sunday. And we certainly both want to try to see if we can arrive at a conclusion," Kerry added.

Many of the ministers from the global powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - negotiating a deal to put a nuclear bomb out of Iran's reach are due back in Vienna on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's new deadline for an accord.

"Well we're just working. I agree. We're all trying very hard in order to be able to move forward and we have made some progress," Zarif said.

"There are still tough issues to discuss and to resolve but I think, with political will, we will."

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