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Iran Nuclear Talks Conclude with 'Solutions'

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Iran's deputy chief nuclear negotiator says talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program have concluded with solutions on all points of disagreement.

Abbas Araqchi made the comment to Iranian state-run television Friday, after two days of talks in Geneva with envoys from the European Union and the United States.  He also noted that the agreement must still be ratified by Iran and the six world powers involved in the talks - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany - before becoming final.

In Washington Friday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki noted what she called "good progress" in the technical-level talks in recent days.  But she also sounded a note of caution, saying reports that the deal had been finalized were "incorrect."

The nuclear deal is a six-month agreement designed to give both sides some of what they are seeking while they work on a more comprehensive pact.

Within a year, the two sides want to reach a long-term deal to ensure Iran is not developing nuclear weapons, with the international community lifting all of the sanctions levied against the country.

Ahead of the talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif expressed optimism, saying Iran is committed to working toward putting into place the agreement it reached with world powers in late November.  He also praised the several rounds of expert-level meetings between Iran and the group that includes the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany.  

Zarif said those discussions on the details of how to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief "have achieved positive results."

Iran has insisted its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

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