International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend the annual Munich Security Conference February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lukas Barth
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Iran's foreign minister held rare private talks with his U.S. counterpart Sunday and said it would be a "disaster" if Tehran did not turn a provisional agreement to defuse a decade-old dispute over its nuclear program into a permanent deal.Zarif said Iran and the West had an historic opportunity to improve relations.Iran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, but Western countries have long suspected Tehran of seeking the ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Kerry stressed to Zarif the importance of both sides negotiating in good faith and of Iran abiding by its commitments under the November deal, a U.S. State Department official said.Iran sealed a cooperation pact with the International Atomic Energy Agency last November, pledging to be more open about its nuclear activities.Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who is due to visit Tehran soon, urged Iran to "come clean" on its past nuclear activities, saying some intelligence agencies believed Iran had had a nuclear weapons program until early 2003 .
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