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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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Iran would not accept nuclear deal, says Kerry

John Kerry: The US signed off on the deal which he claims was thwarted by Iran. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during talks in Geneva at the weekend but the Iranians were unable to accept it.

Speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi today, Mr Kerry said they were unified on Saturday when the proposal was presented to the Iranians.

He said: "The French signed off on it, we signed off on it." But he added that Iran was not able to accept the deal "at that particular moment".

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