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Iran Nuclear Talks May End With An Agreement to Talk More

John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

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World powers and Iran agreed to extend negotiations over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear program by another seven months, risking a backlash from opponents who say the talks aren’t getting anywhere.

Diplomats gave themselves until March 1 to come up with a political framework and July 1 to spell out the technical steps needed to end the 11-year standoff. The extension was announced as negotiators in Vienna failed to meet yesterday’s deadline for a deal. The November 2013 interim accord between Iran and the six world powers, which caps nuclear work in exchange for limited sanctions relief, will remain in effect.