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Fabius: Iran talks a 'few metres from the finishing line'

French Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius returned for more Iran nuclear talks after flying back to Paris the previous day because progress had been too slow.

He said: "We are a few meters from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them. "It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side," he said.

One diplomat close to the talks said late on Wednesday that a deal could be announced within hours but had not yet been reached, and the talks could still fall apart.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline

World leaders and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours, according to Reuters.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they would stay at least until Thursday in an effort to seal the "political" agreement, a milestone toward a final pact due by the end of June.

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French foreign minister: Iran must do more in talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Credit: PA

The foreign minister of France said that Iran still had to make more effort to reach a preliminary political accord, but Tehran and the six powers were in the final and most difficult stages.

We are a few metres from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them.

It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side.

– French foreign minister Laurent Fabius

Hammond hails 'progress' after Iran talks pass deadline

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said progress has been made between Iran and major powers over Tehran's nuclear programme, despite passing Tuesday's midnight deadline, but said "key issues" still need to be resolved.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned a nuclear arms race in the Middle East could be triggered unless a deal is reached with Iran. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"I think we have a broad framework of understanding, but there are still some key issues that have to be worked through," Mr Hammond told the BBC.

"Some of them are quite detailed and technical so there is still quite a lot of work to do but we are on it now and we'll keep going at it."

The so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China, Russia plus Germany - hope to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for relief from sanctions which have left its economy crippled.

Iran nuclear talks: Obama informed of progress

US President Barack Obama has been updated on nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers as talks continued past the deadline.

The White House released a photo of President Obama receiving an update on the talks. Credit: White House

The US State Department said enough progress had been made to warrant an extension, although there still were "several difficult issues" to overcome.

The president was pictured holding a video call with members of his national security team to discuss the talks, although no further details were released.

Representatives from the US, UK, France, China, Russia plus Germany - known as the P5+1 - have been locked in talks with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland for days over the country's nuclear programme.

They aim to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for relief from sanctions, which have left its economy crippled.

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Israeli PM condemns expected Iranian nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: PA Wire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators.

Speaking to his cabinet today, he said that the deal being negotiated between six world powers and Iran, as they work toward a March 31 deadline in Switzerland, was worse than his country feared.

"This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," he said.

Kerry extends Switzerland stay amid troubled Iran talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry Credit: PA Wire

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled plans to return to the USA to continue Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland amid signs of troubled negotiations.

He was due to return to the USA to attend an event honoring his late colleague Edward Kennedy, the dedication of the Kennedy Institute in Boston with the late senator's family.

But the State department said that "given the ongoing nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the secretary regrets he will not be able to share this special time with them in person."

His decision to stay comes as the talks appear to have hit obstacles ahead of a March 31 target for the outline of a final deal to be negotiated by the end of June.

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