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Kerry's Geneva visit fans Iran nuclear deal hopes

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Kerry's Geneva visit fans Iran nuclear deal hopes
Kerry is set to participate in Iran nuclear talks in Geneva. Photo: AFP/File
09:23 CET+01:00
US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to arrive in Geneva on Friday to join international talks on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, fuelling hopes a historic deal may be in sight.

Tehran and world powers ended a first day of talks Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying a deal could be reached "before we close these negotiations."
   
Negotiators from Iran and six global powers are meeting for two days in Geneva to broker a deal that could see Tehran freeze its nuclear efforts in exchange for some relief from the sanctions that have battered its economy.
   
Western powers suspect Iran's uranium enrichment may be aimed at developing nuclear weapons, a claim Tehran denies.
   
Kerry will go to the Swiss city "in an effort to help narrow differences in negotiations" and at the invitation of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, a senior State Department official said.
   
Upending an 11-day tour mostly of the Middle East, Kerry was due to arrive in Geneva later Friday for the talks which had dragged for years until new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to power in August.

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