Iran nuclear talks break unexpectedly but top Russian official says sides are close to deal

March 20, 2015 2:10 PM

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Iran and six world powers broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule Friday to allow members of the Iranian delegation to attend the funeral of their president's mother, as a senior Russian officials suggested that the sides were close to a deal.

Senior Russian negotiator Sergey Ryabkov told The Associated Press that while some disputes remain, negotiators are expected to "finish their main work" during the current round and even before the talks resume next week.

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