• IRAN HOPES TO START DRAFTING NUCLEAR DEAL

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    TEHRAN: Iran hopes to start drafting a nuclear agreement with world powers on Wednesday but accepts tough negotiations lie ahead on a raft of issues, one of its top negotiators said. Abbas Araqchi said Iran still hoped its differences with the six powers can be settled by a July 20 target date for a comprehensive deal, but that it “won’t be a catastrophe” if the negotiations have to be extended for another six months. The main sticking points are the timetable for a full lifting of crippling US and European Union sanctions, and the scale to which Iran would be allowed to continue uranium enrichment, he told Iran’s official IRNA news agency. Iran and the six powers—Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany —opened a new round of talks in Vienna on Monday in the search for a deal by the July 20 deadline set by an interim agreement.

    AFP

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