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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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Kerry: 'Not a race' to complete Iran deal

John Kerry remains hopeful a deal can be reached with Iran soon. Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told a news conference that talks on Iran are "not a race" to complete just any agreement on the country's nuclear programme.

He added that the US hopes to reach a deal with Iran "within the next months" and that he was confident the agreement would "protect Israel".

Marathon talks between the P5+1 - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France - and Iran on Saturday did not end in an agreement. The sides arranged to meet again on Nov. 20.

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