Deadline nears in Iran nuclear talks

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014. Obama on Wednesday urged Iran to seize the 'historic opportunity' of reaching a deal with world powers on its contested nuclear program. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama waves as he awards the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, given to relative Helen Loring Ensign, 85, of Palm Desert, California for conspicuous gallantry at the White House in Washington, DC on November 6, 2014. Cushing awarded posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran on June 4, 2009. Khamenei fired a fresh salvo at arch-foe the United States, saying it is deeply hated in the Middle East, just as US President Barack Obama prepared to address the world's Muslims in a much-anticipated address in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks as he awards the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, given to relative Helen Loring Ensign, 85, of Palm Desert, California for conspicuous gallantry at the White House in Washington, DC on November 6, 2014. Cushing awarded posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 24, 2014. Obama on Wednesday urged Iran to seize the 'historic opportunity' of reaching a deal with world powers on its contested nuclear program. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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By George Jahn

VIENNA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iran to prove its intentions are peaceful as nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers reconvened Tuesday ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline. Iran struck a more combative tone, warning that the other side's "greediness" could scuttle the negotiations.

With less than a week to go before the target date, both sides are eager to avoid extending the talks - a move that would be met by substantial opposition by congressional sceptics in Washington and hardliners in Tehran. But they may have no choice, because significant differences remain.

At a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry said the U.S. hopes "we can get there, but we can't make any prediction." He challenged Tehran to "work with us in all possible efforts to prove to the world the (Iranian nuclear) program is peaceful."

Hammond said Iran needed to show "more flexibility."

But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was up to the West to muster "the political will to reach a solution," warning the talks could fail due to the other side's "greediness" - shorthand for demands his country is unwilling to accept.

The talks group Iran around the negotiating table with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. They resumed with EU official Catherine Ashton, who coordinates the meetings, conferring with Zarif with a full session planned for later.

The six want Iran to curb uranium enrichment and other nuclear projects that could be used for making atomic arms. In exchange, they offer an end to sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Tehran insists it does not want such weapons and is resisting both strict constraints and demands that they be in place for a decade or more.

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Associated Press Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee in London and AP video journalist Mohamad Nasiri in Tehran contributed.

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