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Top U.S. official: Iran talks might not produce final deal

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February 18, 2014 | 11:13 am

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Sept. 14, 2007. Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Sept. 14, 2007. Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

It is not yet clear whether interim talks between Iran and the major powers will achieve a deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. official said.

“We don’t know if, at the end of these six months, we will be able to achieve a comprehensive agreement, though we aim to,” said the unnamed official, whose remarks were distributed by the State Department, on Monday, the eve of the latest round of talks in Vienna.

“As President Obama has said, and I quite agree, it’s probably as likely that we won’t get an agreement as it is that we will,” said the senior official.

The official said that Iran had so far complied with the terms of the interim agreement, launched Jan. 20, that allow for talks to continue for six months.

The official would not count out extending the talks for another six months.

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