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Nov 21, 2014 7:20 AM

Iranian officials: Zarif back to Tehran to consult

The Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are leaving nuclear talks in Vienna after meeting in an effort to move the stalled talks forward.

U.S. officials say Kerry is heading for Paris, while members of Iran's delegation to the talks say that Zarif is flying to Tehran for consultations ahead of a Monday deadline for a deal aimed at curtailing Iranian nuclear projects that could be used to make weapons.

A U.S. statement said Kerry's "future travel schedule is still being finalized, and we have not yet determined when he will return to Vienna." That suggests that he is waiting to see whether Zarif is returning with new proposals before deciding.

The statement says he will be consulting with "European counterparts" in Paris.


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