US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif pose before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne on March 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRIAN SNYDER
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The United States and Iran inched closer to a political deal that would set the stage for a landmark nuclear agreement, but a U.S. official warned Monday that Iran must make tough choices to allay fears about its atomic ambitions.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held nearly five hours of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne before the Iranian delegation headed to Brussels for meetings with European ministers.After that meeting a senior U.S. official told reporters that it was not clear if an end-March deadline for a framework agreement between Iran and six major powers could be met.The U.S. official said the sides would work through the end of the month if needed to secure a deal.With the Iranian new year holiday of Norouz approaching this weekend, officials close to the talks say it will be difficult to complete a political agreement this week.Six world powers -- the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China -- are trying to reach a political framework agreement with Iran by the end of the month that would curb Tehran's most sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years in exchange for the gradual easing of some sanctions.
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