Iran says nuclear talks making gradual headway

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Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are making good but slow progress as they work toward a June 30 deadline for a final deal, Tehran's senior negotiator said on Friday. Diplomats are negotiating to fill the gaps in an April 2 framework agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear program, allaying Western fears it could develop an atomic bomb, in return for relief from international sanctions. Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, has said sanctions must be lifted as soon as any final deal is signed. "The progress is good... We are at preliminary stages and the pace is slow but it is good," Iranian state television quoted negotiator Abbas Araqchi as telling reporters in Vienna.