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Negotiations begin in Vienna for long-term agreement with Iran

Hopes of a long term agreement over Iran's nuclear programme are faltering as country representatives meet in Vienna today to bash out negotiations.

Iran had agreed towards the end of 2013 to pause its nuclear programme in return for a reprieve in trade sanctions placed on the country that were enforced by Europe and the US because of fears that Iran is using it's programme to develop nuclear weaponry, something Iran has denied.

Now negotiators from UK, US, France, China, Russia, Germany and Iran are beginning talks to determine a long term agreement over Iran's nuclear operations and trade sanctions.

Pessimism is surrounding the meeting however, after the Iranian Supreme Leader said on Monday that he is not optimistic for the negotiations.

"It will not lead anywhere but I am not opposed either," Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said about the meetings in Vienna. "What our foreign ministry and officials have started will continue and Iran will not violate its commitments...but this will not lead anywhere."

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