Six powers, Iran start work on drafting long-term nuclear deal

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Vienna: Six world powers and Iran launched a decisive phase of diplomacy to draft a lasting accord that would curb Tehran’s contested nuclear activity in exchange for a phased end to sanctions that have hobbled the Iranian economy. After three months of discussing expectations rather than negotiating possible compromises, the sides are to set about devising a package meant to end years of antagonism and curtail the risk of a wider Middle East war with global repercussions.