Kerry arrives in Switzerland for nuclear talks as deadline looms

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Lausanne for a decisive round of talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the March 31 deadline looms.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 26, 2015) (REUTERS) – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday (March 26) where a new round of talks between major powers and Iran on Tehran’s nuclear programme are due to resume later this week.

The United States wants major powers to reach a detailed political understanding with Iran by March 31 to clear the path for a long-term nuclear accord, a senior US official said, while hinting Washington could be flexible on its format.

Speaking to reporters travelling with Kerry to the Swiss city of Lausanne, the senior State Department official said Washington would not rush to complete an agreement just because there was a deadline.

The official said any framework agreement must address key aspects of a future nuclear deal with Tehran that Iran and the six world powers aim to conclude by June 30.

China, Russia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain are trying to reach a framework deal with Tehran that would restrict the most sensitive aspects of Iran’s atomic programme in return for an easing of international sanctions.

Iran denies that it wants to acquire nuclear weapons.