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Iran sees progress as talks to resume after intense all-night session

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, centre, talks to members of the media while walking through a courtyard at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program appeared headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, centre, talks to members of the media while walking through a courtyard at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program appeared headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, center and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, centre right, as they walk in a courtyard, at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, during an extended round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Iranian Foreign Minister said on Thursday he was hopeful a joint statement could be issued soon by Iran and the other six countries involved in nuclear talks in Lausanne "if an agreement on solutions is made." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, center and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, centre right, as they walk in a courtyard, at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, during an extended round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Iranian Foreign Minister said on Thursday he was hopeful a joint statement could be issued soon by Iran and the other six countries involved in nuclear talks in Lausanne "if an agreement on solutions is made." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi walks through a garden at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday April 2, 2015. Iran's foreign minister says his country and six others have made "significant progress" at marathon all-night nuclear talk sessions. But Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that agreement still remains to be written, adding there is not yet a "final result." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    The Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi walks through a garden at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday April 2, 2015. Iran's foreign minister says his country and six others have made "significant progress" at marathon all-night nuclear talk sessions. But Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that agreement still remains to be written, adding there is not yet a "final result." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's foreign minister says his country and six others have made "significant progress" at marathon all-night nuclear talk sessions meant to reach a preliminary understanding on the curbs Tehran must accept on atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

But Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that agreement still remains to be written, adding there is not yet a "final result."

Asked if that would be possible during the day, Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said "the sunrise is just ahead."

The negotiators want to issue a joint statement outlining general political commitments to resolve concerns about Iran's nuclear program, and the pace of lifting sanctions. They are also trying to fashion more detailed documents on the steps they must take by June 30 to meet those goals.