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Iran Deal Unlikely by November, French Envoy Predicts

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A deal over Iran’s nuclear program appears unlikely by a Nov. 24 deadline, meaning an extension of the interim agreement may be needed to press Iran for more concessions, the French ambassador to Washington said.

Iran wants “sanctions lifted immediately,” while negotiators for six international powers want an “incremental and reversible suspension” of economic penalties, based on Iran’s compliance with limits on its nuclear activities, Gerard Araud, who served as France’s chief nuclear negotiator with Iran from 2006 to 2009, said yesterday at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.