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World powers to discuss final deal on Tehran nuclear

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Delegations of the P5+1 will gather in Vienna to discuss a possible path to a final deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

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The meeting will be held by the November 24 deadline, officials said.

The meetings between P5+1 group (five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) are set to start on Thursday, after the talks between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Tuesday in Vienna. United States Secretary of State John Kerry will join them on Wednesday.

Zarif was quoted by Iran's Fars news agency as saying upon arrival in Vienna that Iran does not expect a breakthrough in talks with the United States and the EU this week but hopes the talks will help pave the way for a final deal.

Michael Mann, spokesman of Ashton, on Tuesday told reporters that the meetings between Iran, EU and the United States are to "see where we stand in the negotiations."

He added that "there were still significant gaps" in the talks, and the EU would try hard to make some progress.

Under the interim deal agreed in Geneva last November, Iran agreed to suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange of limited sanction relief in a duration of 12 months to buy time for the diplomatic effort to resolve issue.

The West wants Iran to significantly scale back its nuclear program to address its concern of proliferation risk, while Iran insists its nuclear right is inalienable.

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