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US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Palais Coburg in Vienna following nuclear talks with Iran (AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Palais Coburg in Vienna following nuclear talks with Iran (AP)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the talks in Austria. (AP)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the talks in Austria. (AP)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet during nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna (AP)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet during nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna (AP)

Talks on Iran's nuclear programme have taken place in Vienna (AP)

Talks on Iran's nuclear programme have taken place in Vienna (AP)

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US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Palais Coburg in Vienna following nuclear talks with Iran (AP)

The US and five other countries trying to reach a nuclear programme deal with Iran are set to extend the talks, according to diplomats.

Officials taking part in the meeting in Austria are said to be turning away from attempting to reach an agreement by tomorrow's deadline and have started internal discussions on extending the talks.

The decision comes less than two days before the deadline for a deal attempting to cap Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Two diplomats told The Associated Press today that formal extension discussions have not yet started with Iran.

But the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany have started talks among themselves on approaches they could present to Tehran.

At the same time, formal talks with Iran on bridging the differences are continuing.

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