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French FM Says More Progress Needed On Iran

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says an agreement on Iran's contested nuclear program is possible by the end of the month, but there must be "more progress" in negotiations.

Fabius made the comments on March 27 at UN headquarters in New York before flying out to join the talks in progress in Lausanne, Switzerland.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for a first round of discussions in Lausanne on Lake Geneva on March 26.

The talks come with a self-imposed March 31 deadline for reaching a framework deal.

Six world powers and Iran have been negotiating for two years to reach a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Iran denies it is secretly developing a nuclear weapon as the West suspects.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters