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Kerry holds third day of nuclear talks with Iran’s Zarif

The White House on Tuesday described the chances of clinching a nuclear deal are 50/50 ‘at best’

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a third day of talks on Wednesday with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif after the White House described the chances of clinching a nuclear deal are 50/50 “at best.”

They will be joined by negotiators from the other powers involved in the talks -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

On Tuesday, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told Iranian state television that Tehran had reached a mutual understanding with Washington and its negotiating partners on most issues in nuclear talks.

The United States and Iran are working to produce a framework in the next two weeks which could lays down the outlines of a final deal by the end of June.

Iran has long rejected Western claims that it seeks to develop nuclear arms and insists usage are for peaceful purposes.