Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (R) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif hold a news conference after a meeting at the Egmond Palace in Brussels September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism after talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday that a dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme can be resolved by a Nov. 24 deadline.Iran and global powers are working to strike a comprehensive agreement by the Nov. 24 deadline, under which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.The United States on Friday penalised a number of Iranian and other foreign companies, banks and airlines for violating sanctions against Tehran largely tied to the decade-old dispute about its nuclear programme.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the new U.S. sanctions were against the spirit of Tehran's nuclear negotiations with world powers.
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