Big gaps remain in Iran nuclear talks but deal possible: U.S.

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By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official on Tuesday cautioned against excessive optimism over six world powers' nuclear talks with Iran but said disputes could be overcome and a deal reached by their self-imposed July 20 deadline. The official noted some media reports about the negotiations that have wrongly implied a deal called a \"comprehensive plan of action\" between Iran and the six powers was a virtual certainty. Iran joined talks on its nuclear dispute with big powers after President Hassan Rouhani was elected last June. \"There are some very significant gaps (but) we can get to a resolution, I believe.\" The official said delegations from Iran, United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China would begin drafting an agreement this week that aims to cover specific curbs on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran.