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‘Serious Gaps’ Remain in Iran Nuclear Talks: White House

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakFrench Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, sitting third left, former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, rear center, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fourth right, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond wait for the start of closed-door nuclear talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, sitting third left, former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, rear center, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fourth right, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond wait for the start of closed-door nuclear talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 - Sputnik International
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White House spokesman Eric Schultz said that there are still serious gaps to overcome in the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna.

MOSCOW, November 22 (Sputnik) – There are still serious gaps to overcome in the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna, the White House has announced.

"Obviously, the deadline is Monday, and our folks there are working furiously to meet it… Serious gaps do remain," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Friday as quoted by AFP.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed Friday that for a compromise to be reached in the Iran nuclear talks, all sides need to cooperate, if not meet each other half way.

The final round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue between Tehran and the P5+1 group of international negotiators, which comprises Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Germany, began in Vienna on Tuesday.

During talks in Geneva in November 2013, the P5+1 group agreed to reach a long-term comprehensive agreement with Tehran by July 2014, guaranteeing the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program. The deadline for the deal was later extended to November 24.

The West has been accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran has denied these claims, stressing that its nuclear development is for civilian purposes only, such as meeting the country's growing energy needs.

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