European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini talks to reporters outside the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, June 28, 2015. (AP/Carlos Barria)
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A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.Iranian media said Mohammad Javad Zarif's trip was planned in advance. The United States insists on more intrusive monitoring than Iran is ready to give. With these and other disputes still unresolved, the likelihood that the Tuesday target deadline for an Iran nuclear deal could slip was increasingly growing even before the U.S. confirmation. weeks, all seven nations at the negotiating table insisted that Tuesday remains the formal deadline for a deal.The goal of the talks involving Iran and the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia is a deal that would crimp Tehran's capacity to make nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
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