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European diplomats have made "considerable progress" toward a provisional accord on Iran's nuclear program, France's Foreign Ministry said Saturday, despite earlier reports of a stalemate.

The statement followed two days of talks aimed at persuading Iran to stop developing technologies that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

During October talks, Britain, Germany and France offered Iran trade incentives and peaceful nuclear technology in return for assurances that the country would indefinitely suspend uranium enrichment, a technology that can produce nuclear fuel or atomic weapons.

Iranian diplomats had been expected to give a response at the Paris meeting. They have been warned that European states will back a U.S. threat to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions if it does not end all uranium enrichment activities by a Nov. 25 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

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