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News Summary: Iran nuclear talks recess until Nov

The Associated Press

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton smiles during a press conference after two days of closed-door nuclear talks on Iran in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Talks between Iran and six world powers have ended an upbeat note, with the European Union's top diplomat Ashton calling them "very important," in efforts to end international tensions over Tehran's nuclear program. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

TAKING A BREAK: Talks between Iran and six world powers over Iran's nuclear program will be in recess until next month, with participants calling them "substantive and forward looking" but saying little more. The talks will resume Nov. 7-8 in Geneva.

IRAN'S AMBITIONS: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he hoped the two days of talks will "be the beginning of a new phase" in relations between Iran and the six powers — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

ASSESSMENT: The lack of details on what was achieved made it difficult to evaluate the amount of progress made. The six powers want Iran's uranium enrichment program and other activities that could be used to make nuclear arms stopped or reduced.