Major powers and Iran are closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran's nuclear program but they hit an impasse over key details. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Major powers and Iran are closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran's nuclear program as marathon talks ran into Wednesday. The talks hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and Iran's future atomic research. Nevertheless, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded an optimistic note in Berlin. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I hope and I wish that a compromise will be reached today that corresponds to the conditions we have set - namely that Iran gets no access to nuclear weapons." French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris left the talks, saying there is still work to be done. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, LAURENT FABIUS, SAYING: "We've made progress, but not on all points, and so I left my political director there, I'm maintaining contact with him and as soon as necessary I'll return there" On Tuesday, Western diplomats said Iran had reaffirmed its "nuclear rights," suggesting the talks were again getting bogged down. Officials have cautioned that any agreement would probably be fragile and incomplete.