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Iran criticises Kerry over comments

Iran's foreign minister has criticised US secretary of state John Kerry for saying Tehran had backed away from a wider deal seeking to ease Western concerns about its nuclear programme.

Mr Kerry said today that the major powers, including France, were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said later that Mr Kerry's "conflicting statements" damaged confidence in the process and says "considerable progress was made" during the talks in Geneva.

Mr Zarif said in remarks on an Iranian TV talk show that he was still hopeful a deal will be reached but insisted any agreement must include the lifting of all Western sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


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