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Kerry, Steinmeier hold talks over Iran nuclear issue
November 24,2014   By:Xinhua

VIENNA, Nov. 24, 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks on Saturday as negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have entered a crucial weekend.

"We've been, obviously, having difficult talks here," said Kerry in a joint statement before the meeting, adding that the negotiating parties were working to close "some serious gaps".

"The good thing is the P5+1 are united and working in concert, and we're simply going to not say anything substantive about the discussions while they're going on," he said.

The only criterion for a deal about the nuclear issue, said Steinmeier, remained the question if Iran is really ready to renounce every research development in the direction of getting nuclear weapon.

"Now, in our 10 years negotiations about Iran, these are the hours of truth," he said. "And we have to check now if Iran is really ready to move in the right direction."

Iran and the P5+1 group, including Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, have been in final talks over Iran's nuclear program in the Austrian capital of Vienna since Tuesday, hoping to seal a deal to end the lingering deadlock over this issue by the Nov. 24 deadline.

Steinmeier arrived in Vienna on Saturday afternoon to join the talks. He has also met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Javad Zarif.

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