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Obama, Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran talks

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.

— The Obama administration says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday to discuss whether to extend Iranian nuclear talks.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Iran's track record in implementing an interim agreement has been "surprisingly favorable" and noted the "legitimate discussion and constructive engagement" between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers.

However, officials said gaps remained ahead of a July 20 deadline and the administration was weighing options for how to proceed. The White House and State Department said the administration was also consulting with Congress on possible pathways.

Diplomats told The Associated Press that Iran and the world powers have tentatively decided to extend the talks beyond that deadline. Earnest would not confirm that decision nor did he outline the possible options Obama and Kerry discussed.

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