- May 31, 2015
As nuke deal deadline draws near, US and Iran hold ‘intense’ talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) pictured with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in New York on April 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
As a deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran nears, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday in what officials described as "at times intense" talks as part of the effort to flesh out a framework agreed in April.
The talks between the two countries focused on how to narrow differences over how to ease economic penalties on Iran and to what extent Tehran must open up military facilities to inspections.
The talks between Kerry and Zarif lasted six hours, in what officials described as the most substantive negotiating round since world powers and Iran clinched a framework pact in April. It was unclear what progress, if any, was made by Kerry and Zarif before the Iranian delegation began leaving for Iran.