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Chinese foreign minister holds out hope for Iran nuclear deal, even as talks turn to extension

  • Cameras stand in front of Palais Coburg as the media wait outside the location of closed-door nuclear talks with Iran are taking place in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Cameras stand in front of Palais Coburg as the media wait outside the location of closed-door nuclear talks with Iran are taking place in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk as they meet for a dinner at the residence of British ambassador in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk as they meet for a dinner at the residence of British ambassador in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pose for photos prior to a dinner at the residence of British ambassador, in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)

    From left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pose for photos prior to a dinner at the residence of British ambassador, in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Klamar, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Talks on Iran's nuclear program appear likely to run beyond their Monday midnight deadline, but China's foreign minister says negotiators are still working on elements of a deal.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed Sunday to start discussion on continuing the talks past the target date But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says negotiators are still having "consultations" on a final agreement that meets both U.S. demands for strict curbs on Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's push for sanctions relief.

Wang arrived Monday, joining the foreign ministers of the other countries negotiating with Iran — the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and Germany.