Progress slow in nuclear talks with Iran

Progress slow in nuclear talks with Iran

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the hard work of negotiations will continue and is important to the entire world. (Source: FOX) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the hard work of negotiations will continue and is important to the entire world. (Source: FOX)

VIENNA (FOX) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says some progress has been made in talks aimed at reaching a nuclear deal with Iran but some "very real gaps" remain.

The talks have been going on in Vienna with the U.S., Iran and other nations.

After three days of intense negotiations there's still no deal on curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

"What we are trying to do is to find the way for Iran to have an exclusively peaceful nuclear program while giving the world all the assurances required to know that Iran is not seeking a nuclear weapon," Kerry said.

The U.S. wants deep enrichment cuts to ensure Iran is unable to make the core of nuclear missiles.

Iran insists on a gradual end of economic sanctions, and wants to maintain its sizable nuclear enrichment program to make reactor fuel.

Iran's foreign minister says "serious differences" remain in talks with the P5+1, U.S., Britain, France,  Russia, China, and Germany, but says there's still room for negotiation.

"The only thing Iran needs to do, and the thing Iran is prepared to do, is to ensure that its program will remain peaceful, and that we are prepared to negotiate with our colleagues," said Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister.

"We're going to continue to do what we are doing here, continue to work hard. It's not just important to the P5, it's important to the world," Kerry said.

Kerry is returning to Washington where he will consult with President Barack Obama and Congress about possibly extending the nuclear negotiations past the July 20 deadline.

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