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APNewsBreak: Iran, 6 powers move closer to nuclear deal, write up elements for the first time

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. Diplomats say Iran and the U.S. have tentatively agreed that Tehran will ship to Russia much of the material it could use to manufacture nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, Pool-File)

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting of the closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. Diplomats say Iran and the U.S. have tentatively agreed that Tehran will ship to Russia much of the material it could use to manufacture nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, Pool-File)  (The Associated Press)

Diplomats say Iran and the United States have tentatively agreed that Tehran will ship to Russia much of the material it could use to manufacture nuclear weapons.

The two diplomats also say that negotiators at the nuclear talks in December were for the first time able to draw up a catalog that outlines areas of potential accord and differing approaches to remaining disputes.

Differences still dominate ahead of the next round of Iran-six power talks on Jan. 15 in Geneva, the diplomats recently said. But they suggested that even agreement to create a to-do list would have been impossible in previous rounds because of the wide gap between the two sides.

They demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the closed negotiations.

Iran denies it wants nuclear arms.