U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a phonecall as he leaves a meeting in Vienna November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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Senior diplomats dug in Friday for a crunch-time weekend of talks on Iran's nuclear program, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister stayed on in Vienna to try and break a deadlock days before a deadline.Kerry had been set to leave Vienna and sources had said Mohammed Javad Zarif was considering returning to Tehran, but both remained in the Austrian capital. Iran and the six powers – the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany (P5+1) – have been negotiating intensively since February to turn an interim accord reached with Iran a year ago into a lasting agreement by Nov. 24 .British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond left Vienna in the afternoon, saying there was still a "very significant gap," but France's Laurent Fabius was still in the Austrian capital after meeting Zarif for an hour and a half.Kerry insisted Thursday this was not on the table.
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