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Expectations over the Iran nuclear talks fade further

VIENNA — Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran’s nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.

The United States — which is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to join three other ministers — is putting on a good face. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says the six powers talking with Iran remain ‘‘united in the negotiating room, as we always have.’’

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