Abbas Araghchi (C), Iran's chief nuclear negotiator arrives at the Austria Center Vienna after another rounds of talks between the EU 5+1 on May 16, 2014 in Vienna. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL
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VIENNA:Iran and world powers were nursing their wounds on Saturday after a bruising round of nuclear talks, but diplomats and experts remain hopeful a historic deal can still be struck by a July 20 deadline.With three previous rounds already under their belts, the three-day session that ended in a rainy Vienna on Friday night had been billed as the clincher, where the leaders would finally put pen to paper and start drafting the actual text of the deal. Others are the new Arak reactor, which could give Iran weapons-grade plutonium, and the International Atomic Energy Agency's snail's-pace probe into alleged "military dimensions" of Iran's past nuclear work.Diplomats insist the process was always going to be hard and that the gaps can be bridged before the July 20 deadline, when a six-month interim deal agreed in November in Geneva expires.
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