US, Iran work for nuclear pact as deadline approaches

March 16, 2015 5:29 AM

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LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND): The United States and Iran are plunging back into negotiations in an effort to end a decades-long standoff that has raised the specter of an Iranian nuclear arsenal, a new atomic arms race in the Middle East and even a US or Israeli military intervention.

Two weeks away from a deadline for a framework accord, some officials said the awesomeness of the diplomatic task meant negotiators would likely settle for an announcement that they've made enough progress to justify further talks.

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