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Vienna, 7 Jul - A dispute over United Nations sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.

"The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. They say there is no reason to connect it with the nuclear issue, a view that is difficult to accept", one Western official told Reuters. "There's no appetite for that on our part".

Iranian and other Western officials confirmed this view. The foreign ministers of the P5+1 states - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - met on Monday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif - and were expected to meet again soon - to try to strike a deal by Tuesday night.

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Tehran, 6 Jul - The United Nations’ atomic watchdog and Iran held "intense discussions" in Tehran on Monday about Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of the country's nuclear programme, an Iranian official said.

The meeting was held as parallel talks were underway in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 countries on the eve of a deadline for what would be a historic accord on the country's suspect nuclear drive.

It comes just days after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, visited Tehran to try to advance Iran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme.

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Vienna, 5 Jul - Crunch talks between Iran and world powers aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program "could go either way", US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Sunday.

Negotiators from the P5+1 countries - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - and Iran are in Vienna trying to strike a deal whereby Tehran would curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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London, 4 Jul - Former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Friday said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in the coming days to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

“I so hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts the lid on Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” she said at a rally on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire. “Even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran."

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London, 3 July - The head of the UN nuclear agency, tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, is suggesting that a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has done little to advance his probe of alleged work by Tehran on an atomic weapon.

Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday "more work will be needed" to kick-start the investigation. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to deny the allegations, reflecting the stalemate that has stretched to nearly a decade.