Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses a news conference in Vienna March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)
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The United States and Iran traded barbs Wednesday as negotiators arrived in Vienna for a marathon final round of nuclear talks aimed at securing a historic deal by a July 20 deadline.The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany want Iran to reduce its nuclear program in order to ease long-held fears that Tehran might develop atomic weapons. Iran, subject to damaging U.N. and Western sanctions, insists its nuclear activities are purely peaceful. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, writing in French daily Le Monde, said that some among the P5 1 were suffering from "illusions" about Iran's nuclear program.Iranian nuclear negotiator Majid Takhte Ravanchi went further, telling the ISNA news agency that Iran has set out clear "red lines" in the talks.
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