Jul 19, 2014, 5:36 PM
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German FM stresses "tangible progress" in Iran nuclear talks

Berlin, July 19, IRNA -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier highlighted "tangible progress" in the Iran nuclear negotiations as Iran and the six world powers agreed to extend their talks on a nuclear agreement for several months.

"We negotiated "very seriously" over the past months and were able to achieve "tangible progress," Steinmeier said in a foreign ministry press statement.

While he stressed that major differences remained between both sides, Steinmeier made also clear everyone was "seriously trying to reach an agreement."

Germany's top diplomat expressed optimism that the differences could be resolved over the next months.

Steinmeier urged Tehran to remove any lingering doubts over the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

Iran and six world powers have extended negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program through November 24, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced Saturday in Vienna.

The extension came as the initial deadline, agreed late last year when the talks were kicked off, loomed on Sunday.

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