Iran and world powers fail to strike nuclear deal

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Iran and world powers failed on Saturday to reach an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program following three days of intensive negotiations in Geneva.

After a late night meeting attended by the foreign ministers of the major powers, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said no deal had been reached.

“The meetings in Geneva have made it possible to move forward, but we have not yet managed to conclude (a deal), because there are still some questions remaining to be dealt with,” Fabius said.

EU diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton held a post-meeting press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in which she said the talks would reconvene on Nov.20.

“A lot of concrete progress has been achieved but some issues remain,” she said, adding: “Our objective is to reach a conclusion and that’s what we’ll come back to try to do.”

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani had urged world powers not to miss an “exceptional opportunity” to reach an agreement in their ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

“I hope that the P5+1 group make the most out of this exceptional opportunity that the Iranian nation has offered to the international community, so that we can reach a positive result within a reasonable timeframe,” he was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

Rowhani, a moderate, said the opportunity to reach a deal with world powers was made possible with his election in June replacing hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

One of the slogans of his election campaign was “constructive interaction with the world”.

Rowhani, who made the comments during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, insisted that the only solution to the nuclear dispute was through “negotiations” and “mutual trust.”

(With Reuters and AFP)