Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waits to begin talks in Vienna July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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Iran's foreign minister took to social media Thursday to say that the outcome of nuclear talks with world powers was unclear, as a decisive final round began in Vienna ahead of a July 20 deadline.The accord being sought by Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, would finally ease fears of Tehran obtaining nuclear weapons and silence talk of war.In exchange, punishing sanctions on Iran would be lifted.Western diplomats close to the negotiations told Reuters Thursday that Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment program in the talks.A a senior Iranian official told Reuters Wednesday that Tehran has refused to back down from its demand to maintain 50,000 operational centrifuges, a figure deemed by Western officials to be out of keeping with Iran's stated need for a strictly civilian nuclear energy program.
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