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Zarif, Kerry discuss March nuclear deadline

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 7, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry held new round of talks in the German city of Munich as a March deadline for a nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group approaches.

The two foreign ministers started their talks on Friday on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference.

Back in January, Zarif and Kerry held intense negotiations in Geneva to help speed up the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group - the US, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany - over Tehran's peaceful nuclear work.

During the meeting, according to AFP, Kerry stressed to his Iranian counterpart that the US aimed to meet a late March deadline for a deal reining in Iranˈs nuclear program.

Kerry and Zarif have met frequently over the past months, mostly in European capitals, as they have sought to hammer out a deal.

Since an interim deal was agreed in Geneva in November 2013, the negotiating sides have missed two self-imposed deadlines to ink a final agreement.

Zarif arrived in Munich Friday afternoon for bilateral talks with his counterparts including Kerry.

Zarif who is to speak at the 51st Munich Security Conference on Sunday, is also scheduled to hold a series of bilateral talks on the Iranian nuclear dossier with some of his counterparts from the E3 plus 3.

Iranˈs top diplomat was upbeat on prospects for making progress in the Iran nuclear talks at the Munich security meeting.

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