On 24 November, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany acknowledged that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme would have to be extended by seven months to 30 June 2015, as gaps “are still significant”.  International sanctions proved to be a particular sticking point. Iran’s economy has been affected by the sanctions and Iran would like to see them lifted immediately and permanently.  The E3+3, however, called for sanctions to be phased out gradually in order to maintain pressure on Iran to provide credible assurances that it will dismantle its nuclear capacity.

The negotiations are expected to resume next month.

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