Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waits for the start of closed-door nuclear talks with European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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Israel does not expect world powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran by a late July deadline, a government minister said Friday, accusing Tehran of maintaining a "hard line" at talks currently underway in Vienna.Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke on the second day of what could be the final round of talks aimed at ending a decade-old international dispute over Iran's nuclear programme that Israel sees as a threat to its existence.Steinitz led a high-level Israeli delegation to Washington Monday, meeting U.S. negotiators Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman.Steinitz reiterated Israel's position that Iran should dismantle its entire programme to enrich uranium.At the talks in Vienna Friday, the sides held a series of meetings, including bilateral talks between Burns and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi.
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