The Deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Asghar Zarean speaks in an interview with Associated Press in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Iran and the United States met in Geneva for bilateral talks Thursday as international diplomacy intensifies to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's atomic activities by a new deadline in late November.The deadline was extended until November 24 after six months of talks because wide gaps persisted over the future scope of Iran's uranium enrichment program, which can have both civilian and military applications.Western diplomats say the sides remain far apart on what a final deal should look like -- especially on the issue of how many enrichment centrifuges Iran can operate -- and that a successful outcome in the negotiations is far from guaranteed.One of Iran's chief negotiators, he took part in the Geneva talks Thursday.High-level bilateral meetings between the United States and Iran, virtually unthinkable in years past, have become almost routine on the sidelines of the nuclear talks.
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