Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, pool)
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Russia's negotiator said Friday that there has been a "very worrying" slowdown in progress in nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers ahead of a June 30 deadline to finalize an historic accord.In April Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany agreed in Lausanne, Switzerland to the outlines of a deal aimed at ending the decade-old standoff over Iran's nuclear program.According to this framework, due to be finalized by June 30, Iran will dramatically scale down its nuclear activities in order to render any dash to making nuclear weapons all but impossible.Under the hoped-for deal the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), would keep even closer tabs on Iran.
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