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US secretary of state meets Iran foreign minister after setting new target date for nuke deal

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, talks to journalist from a balcony of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria, Friday, July 10, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, talks to journalist from a balcony of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria, Friday, July 10, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer, left, meet with members of the U.S. delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria, Friday July 10, 2015.   Kerry urged Iran to make the “tough political decisions” needed to reach an agreement but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, centre, and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer, left, meet with members of the U.S. delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria, Friday July 10, 2015. Kerry urged Iran to make the “tough political decisions” needed to reach an agreement but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused major powers on Friday of backtracking on previous pledges and throwing up new "red lines" at nuclear talks. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are using their first full day of renewed overtime at nuclear talks to whittle away at disputes that have led to four extensions of the latest round.

All seven nations at the talks agreed to set a new target day of Monday for an accord after realizing that they could not wrap up the talks as they hoped to do by Friday.

Negotiators had originally hoped to come up with a deal by June 30. Kerry and Zarif met as talks entered their 15th straight day Saturday.

Any deal is meant to clamp long-term restrictions on Iranian nuclear programs that are technically adaptable to make weapons in exchange for sanctions relief for Tehran.