Iranian foreign minister blames West for snag in nuclear talks




 
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November 13th, 2013  
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Topic: Iranian foreign minister blames West for snag in nuclear talks


By Marcus George and Jon Hemming DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's pinning of blame on Iran for the lack of a deal on its nuclear program last week, saying splits between Western countries prevented a breakthrough. Responding to remarks by Kerry in Abu Dhabi on Monday, Zarif said that singling out Iran only served to undermine confidence in the Geneva negotiations, which will resume on November 20. The United States, European Union powers and Iran worked hard for months on a proposal to help end the 10-year standoff over Iran's nuclear activity, diplomats said. Hopes for a deal rose so high that foreign ministers of six world powers traveled to Geneva to put their weight behind the talks.




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