U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, arrives at Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed optimism Wednesday that a nuclear deal with world powers is imminent, saying his government is already preparing its economy for the lifting of sanctions.In Vienna, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz met with Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, while Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took a breather from their rounds of bilateral meetings – their first break since the current round began nearly two weeks ago.Ministers of the other nations at the table had joined Kerry and Zarif over the past few days in hopes their added diplomatic weight would clinch agreement.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov added at the talks, jokingly, that no one should ever threaten a Russian either, Iranian media reported.
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