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Iran nuclear talks extended for 7 days

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The negotiators on Iran's nuclear program have extended their talks by a week to reach a final deal.

Ministers from Iran and 6 world powers are continuing their talks in Vienna beyond the Tuesday deadline. They say they have decided to extend the deadline to July 7th.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Vienna after consultations with his country's leadership in Tehran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also arrived in the Austrian capital and met US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, has frequently visited the venue to facilitate the talks.

The negotiators are still at odds over proposed inspections of Iranian military facilities and how the sanctions on Iran should be lifted.

But a US senior official says the parties do not intend to extend the negotiations for a long period.

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