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World powers tell Iran to answer fast on nuclear talks

Officials from Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council met in Frankfurt Wednesday.

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World powers on Wednesday sent a fresh warning to Iran to accept talks soon on the country's nuclear program or face toughened economic sanctions.

They also responded to a statement from Iran's chief nuclear negotiator – an action that may have inadvertently caught them up in Iran's domestic politics.

Officials from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain) as well as Germany met in Frankfurt Wednesday. They issued a statement calling on Iran to formally accept, within weeks, the negotiations that the international community has called for since April.

President Obama and other world leaders have set a deadline for Iran: before this month's UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 23. If Tehran doesn't agree to talks by then, it risks the imposition of what would be a fourth round of economic sanctions. Such sanctions, international leaders say, would deeply damage the Iranian economy this time.

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