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    Trilateral talks on Tehran's nuclear program, involving Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry, has finished in Vienna and lasted for some six hours, Ashton's spokesperson Michael Mann tweeted late Wednesday.

    VIENNA, October 16 (RIA Novosti), Daria Chernyshova - Trilateral talks on Tehran's nuclear program, involving Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry, has finished in Vienna and lasted for some six hours, Ashton's spokesperson Michael Mann tweeted late Wednesday.

    "EU Ashton's trilat [trilateral talks] with US Sec [Secretary] of State [John] Kerry and Iran FM [Javad] Zarif now finished after more than 6 hours in total," Mann tweeted.

    Speaking about the trilateral talks, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that given that they lasted for so many hours, "the process is going forward."

    " In case of a stalemate or dissociation, the contacts would have unlikely lasted for so long," Ryabkov said, adding that regardless of the format of talks, all the participants are actively involved in the process of finding a comprehensive deal.

    "And we have agreed that tomorrow's events will become a direct continuation of what was happening in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday," he said.

    Ryabkov also noted that the Iranian issue was one of the main priorities at the talks between Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Tuesday.

    At the trilateral talks on Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna the sides were expected to bridge the remaining differences to facilitate the signing of the comprehensive nuclear agreement before the November 24 deadline.

    Prior to the trilateral talks Zarif and Ashton held a bilateral meeting. Following the meeting with the EU foreign policy chief on Tuesday, Iran's top negotiator said the remaining differences could be resolved.

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