Iran: Initial deal on implementing nuclear deal

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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Iran's top leader backs the continuation of nuclear negotiations with the West but says he doubts they will succeed. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)
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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Iran's top leader backs the continuation of nuclear negotiations with the West but says he doubts they will succeed. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

GENEVA (AP) — Iran's nuclear envoy in Geneva says an initial agreement has been reached on implementing a nuclear deal with six world powers and that it's been sent to capitals for approval.

Abbas Araghchi made the comments to the official IRNA news agency. He said world powers and the Iranian government should respond within two days about whether they accept the terms.

An official from a member country of the United Nations nuclear agency who is closely following the talks said a preliminary agreement was reached Friday evening. He demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the closed negotiations.

While not a final deal, it maps out a first-step agreement for six months as diplomats negotiate a final deal. A November deal calls for capping Iran's uranium enrichment program in return for an easing of some international sanctions.

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Associated Press writer George Jahn in Vienna contributed to this report.

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