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    Russia: Key Aspects Agreed in Iran Talks

    DATE IMPORTED:March 30, 2015U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4th L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (7th L), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (8th L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (9th L) wait with others before the start of a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne March 30, 2015.

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the “key aspects” of a general accord were reached after negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program continued overnight in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. Iran’s foreign minister also said an agreement could be drafted on Wednesday, but a diplomat close to the talks denied that any deal had been reached. A French official also said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was leaving talks and would only return when it was “useful.” Diplomats from the six world powers and Iran are expected to reconvene later Wednesday after missing a self-imposed deadline Tuesday over restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear research and sanctions removal. 

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