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Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Begin Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, have met in Geneva for talks meant to pave the way for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by the end of June.

Kerry and Zarif had a "thorough and comprehensive discussion of all of the issues today," a senior State Department official said on May 30.

Abbas Araghchi, deputy head of Iran's negotiating team, was quoted as saying, "The differences are still there."

The six-hour talks follow a preliminary deal reached April 2 between Iran and six world powers -- the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany -- on the outlines of a deal aimed at getting Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The six want limits on Tehran's programs that could have a military use. Tehran denies it is pursuing such weapons.

Based on reporting by AFP