Kerry: Iran backed out of deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said major nations were unified on an Iran nuclear deal but the Iranians were unable to accept it. He said it was "not a race" to agree a deal but hoped one would be reached "within the next months".

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France: Deal on Iran nuclear programme 'not far'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is hopeful of a deal with Iran Credit: REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott

France's foreign minister said on Monday he was hopeful a deal could be reached with Iran over its nuclear programme, although Tehran still had to make an effort on a few points.

"We are not far from an agreement with the Iranians, but we are not there yet," Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio.

Some diplomats accused France of grandstanding during talks in Geneva at the weekend, something Fabius denied, saying Paris was not isolated, but had an independent foreign policy.

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