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Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Extended
Jul 22, 2014

The world powers and Iran have agreed a four-month extension to the deadline for an agreement between Iran and world powers on Iran's nuclear programme. The talks have aimed to persuade Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

US would allow Iran to access $2.8bn in funds that had been frozen after Iran agreed to continue converting its 20%-enriched uranium stocks during the four-month extension. The 20%-enriched uranium is a medium level of purity and experts say once it reaches that level it could be enriched to weapons-grade, or 90% purity, in a relatively short time. 

The talks in Vienna bring together Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. An interim deal between the two sides was reached last year.

The negotiations will now resume in September, with a final deadline set for 24 November. There are still significant gaps on some core issues which will require more time and effort.

World powers suspect Iran seeks atomic weapons, which Iran denies. Iran insists that it is enriching uranium for use in nuclear power stations and for medical purposes.

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