APNewsBreak: West says rifts over Iran nuke pact

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 2:05 PM

VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats are casting doubt on an optimistic assessment by Iran's president, who says his country will likely meet a July target date for a nuclear deal with six world powers.

Both sides met last week to start drafting a deal, but the talks broke without one.

President Hassan Rouhani sought to inject optimism into the process on Thursday, telling reporters in Shanghai that a July deal remains "very likely" — although he did not rule out that more time might be needed.

Two Western diplomats tell The Associated Press that the two sides are not much closer than they were at the beginning of the talks. The diplomats spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks.

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