US, Iran cite progress in nuke talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – With 10 days to a nuclear deal deadline, top U.S and Iranian officials are speaking of substantial headway.

Iran’s president is proclaiming that agreement is within reach. But America’s top diplomat says it’s up to Tehran to make the decisions needed to get there.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “achieving a deal is possible” by a March 31 target date for a preliminary accord that is meant to lead to a final deal by the end of June that would crimp Tehran’s nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief.

However, Secretary of State John Kerry is being more circumspect after six days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Kerry says the talks, have made “substantial progress,” but “important gaps remain.

He’s urging Iran to make what he describes as “fundamental decisions” that prove it has no interest in atomic weapons.

Iran’s supreme leader is warning against expectations that even a done deal would end the chill between the two nations.


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