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Iran and six powers make little progress in nuclear talks

Iran and six world powers made little progress today in overcoming significant disagreements in the most recent round of nuclear talks, including on uranium enrichment, Iranian and Western diplomats close to the negotiations said.

Officials from Iran and the six countries had originally said a breakthrough in New York was unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions on Tehran, although they had hoped substantial progress could be made in narrowing disagreements.

That, the diplomats said, did not happen at talks this week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

"On the core issues we remain pretty far apart," a Western diplomat told reporters on condition of anonymity. "On enrichment, we are not there yet. On sanctions, we are not there yet."

The diplomat said that Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China would likely meet again in the coming weeks, but no date and venue have been set. The negotiators have set a Nov. 24 deadline for an agreement.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani said at a news conference today in New York that the "progress we have witnessed in recent days has been extremely slow." Rouhani said, "We must look forward to the future and make the courageous decisions vis-a-vis this problem."

Rouhani said any deal without lifting all sanctions against Tehran was "unacceptable".

Iran and the six hope that a resolution of the more-than-decade-long nuclear standoff with Iran will reduce regional tensions and remove the risk of another war in the Middle East.

At the General Assembly earlier in the week, Rouhani said a deal that ends sanctions will open the door to deeper cooperation on regional peace and stability and the fight against militants such as Islamic State, a group that has seized parts of Iraq and Syria. The United States has made clear it will not link the two issues.

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