Receive Breaking News updates as they occur
By Fredrik Dahl and Steve Gutterman VIENNA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A breakthrough agreement to end a standoff over Iran's nuclear program appeared to face its first major difficulty on Friday with Russia warning that a U.S. sanctions move could "seriously" complicate its implementation. Russia, which along with the United States is among the six world powers which negotiated the November 24 interim accord with Tehran, echoed Iran's criticism by saying Washington's sanctions decision violated the spirit of the deal. Moscow's statement came after diplomats said Iran had interrupted technical talks with the six nations in Vienna over how to implement the agreement, under which Tehran is to cap its nuclear program in return for limited sanctions easing. Several Western diplomats insisted the inconclusive outcome of the December 9-12 expert-level discussions in Vienna should not be seen as a sign that the political deal hammered out nearly three weeks ago was in serious trouble.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that a spring target date for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is still possible after two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that were hampered by rare heavy snows across the region.