World powers, Iran reach framework for nuke deal by June 30

US Secretary of State John Kerry, center and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, centre right, as they walk in a courtyard, at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, during an extended round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Iranian Foreign Minister said on Thursday he was hopeful a joint statement could be issued soon by Iran and the other six countries involved in nuclear talks in Lausanne "if an agreement on solutions is made." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, Iran and five other world powers say they’ve reached an understanding that will direct them toward achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement within three months.

Reading out a joint statement, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says a “decisive step” has been achieved.

Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted there was a deal “to resolve major issues on nuclear program. Back to work soon on a final deal.”

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