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Published: Sunday February 2, 2014 MYT 5:10:03 PM
Updated: Sunday February 2, 2014 MYT 5:10:03 PM

Kerry told Iran's Zarif existing U.S. sanctions will remain

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday discussed talks next month on a definitive settlement of a dispute over Iran's nuclear programme, with Kerry telling him existing U.S. sanctions stood.

They met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

"Secretary Kerry reiterated the importance of both sides negotiating in good faith and Iran abiding by its commitments under the Joint Plan of Action. He also made clear that the United States will continue to enforce existing sanctions," a U.S. State Department official said.

Iran reached a landmark preliminary agreement with six world powers in November to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations, winning some relief from sanctions in return.

Tehran will begin talks with the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany in Vienna on February 18 on a lasting settlement.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown; writing by Alexandra Hudson)

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