6 powers, Iran start nuclear talks after setbacks

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VIENNA – Six world powers and began their fifth round nuclear negotiations on Tuesday in hopes salvaging prospects for a over Tehran’s disputed atomic activity by a July deadline.

running short if a risky extension the nuclear talks is to be avoided, negotiators face huge challenges in bridging gaps in positions over the future scope ’s nuclear programme in less than five weeks.

Without a , the would face the risk of another if – which views a nuclear-armed as an existential – attacks the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.

Tehran denies having any military intentions its nuclear energy campaign, saying it is geared towards generation and producing radio-isotopes for treatments.

The talks between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in the Austrian capital Vienna are expected to last until Friday and resume some next month ahead of the July 20 deadline. (Reuters)