A deadline of July 20 has been set to turn a temporary deal struck between Iran and world powers in November in Geneva into a permanent agreement on the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL
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Iran and the United States go into a second day of talks Tuesday on Tehran's contested nuclear program, with Washington warning of "tough choices" ahead of a July deadline for a deal.As the first day of talks drew to a close, Washington acknowledged that time was running out.The Geneva meeting marks the first time since the 1980s that Tehran and Washington have held official, direct talks on the nuclear issue outside of the P5 1 process.Time is running out for Iran's negotiations with the so-called P5 1 group, which includes the five permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.The U.S. side in Geneva was led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan, a top White House adviser -- part of a small team who spent months in secret talks in Oman that finally coaxed Iran to the negotiating table last year.Rouhani called his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama shortly after taking office, before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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