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EU, Iran cite progress in nuclear talks

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Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said technical issues have started to be addressed. (Source: FOX) Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said technical issues have started to be addressed. (Source: FOX)

VIENNA (FOX) - Representatives from Iran and the EU are calling the opening round of nuclear talks productive.

But, it'll be months before an agreement is made.

Iran is drawing a line in the sand, saying it will not buckle under pressure from the U.S. and the other world powers trying to scrap its nuclear facilities.

The meeting is designed to build on last month's deal for Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for less sanctions.

If both sides agree, the deal can be extended after six months. Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said much was done and remains to be accomplished.

"We've had three very productive days, during which we've identified all of the issues we need to address in reaching a comprehensive, and final agreement," she said. "There is a lot to do. It won't be easy, but we've made a good start. In addition to our political discussions, we've started the technical work, and we've set a timetable of meetings - initially over the next four months - with a framework to continue our deliberations. Technical experts will meet in early March and we will reconvene for the next E 3 plus three (Germany, the UK, France and China, Russia, U.S.) political directors meeting led by (Iranian Foreign) Minister Zarif and myself here in Vienna, on the 17 of March."

Iran insists it is not interested in producing nuclear weapons. But western leaders want the country to back its words up with actions.

The next round of talks is scheduled for March 17 in Vienna.

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