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The agreement will isolate Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

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An internationally isolated Benjamin Netanyahu termed the world powers’ agreement with Iran a “historic mistake” that advanced Tehran towards nuclear weapons capability.

William Hague arrived in Geneva yesterday, saying things were difficult

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Negotiations between six world powers and Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon reached a critical stage tonight, after foreign ministers gathered in Geneva in search of a breakthrough on an interim deal.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will not budge over ‘nuclear rights’

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he has set 'red lines' for his envoys in Geneva

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with the French President Francois Hollande, right, said France was a ‘true friend’ in Tel Aviv

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After several false starts, Western negotiators are cautiously hopeful of a breakthrough deal with Iran this week to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency - the agency has said Iran still has questions to answer on its past activities

UN reports halt in Iran’s nuclear activities three months after moderate Hassan Rouhani became president

When elected, Mr Rouhani promised he would seek to lift the unpopular international economic sanctions used to punish Tehran for failing to curtail its nuclear programme

The US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference after nuclear talks in Geneva

John Kerry: Iran is to blame for failure of Geneva nuclear talks

US Secretary of State said major powers, including France, were united in an offer but Iran 'couldn't take it'

Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites in boost to wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme

Optimism about potential breakthrough in decade-long dispute raised

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that there can be no negotiation on his country's right to uranium enrichment

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran’s right to uranium enrichment a non-negotiable 'red line', as nuclear talks stall

Iranian President says his country 'will not bow its head to threats', though William Hague says deal possible in coming weeks.

(Left to right) Foreign Secretary William Hague, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton

Breakthrough still uncertain as Iran nuclear talks enter third day

A meeting of some of the world's most powerful politicians was still ongoing this afternoon, as Iran resisted calls to scale back its nuclear programme.

Israel warns world powers of repeating Munich deal in Iran nuclear talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned it would be an “historic mistake” if Tuesday’s much-awaited talks in Geneva between Iran and world powers led to an easing of sanctions on Tehran. He also urged the international community to reject Iran’s offer to limit uranium enrichment to 20 per cent.

Cover up: a screen was built in front of the United Nations in Geneva ahead of the latest round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme. The building is adorned with naked figures, which risked causing offence

Iran’s nuclear programme: does the deal-making start in Geneva?

John Kerry says ‘the window is open,’ as hopes rise of a constructive dialogue with country’s officials 

Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva will be the first since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West in an effort to have sanctions lifted

Iran rejects demands to ship out its uranium as Geneva nuclear talks are set to start

Iran yesterday rejected Western demands to ship out its stockpile of enriched uranium but signalled its flexibility on other aspects of its nuclear activities.

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