British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said late Sunday he believed a nuclear deal with Iran could be reached, but insisted it must put an atomic bomb "beyond reach."
"We are here because we believe a deal can be done," Hammond told reporters waiting in the rain outside a Lausanne hotel as he became the last of the foreign ministers to arrive for talks with world powers.
"It's in everyone's interests that a deal does get done. But it has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran's reach," he said.
"There can't be any compromise about that," Hammond insisted.
He went straight into a meeting with ministers from the other P5+1 powers -- China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
They are also planning to have a full meeting to include Iran as they chase the outlines of a deal to pare back the Iranian nuclear program and thwart any covert dash for a bomb.
"If we're going to get this done here over the next few hours Iran has got to take a deep breath and make some tough decisions to ensure that those red lines can be met," Hammond said.
"And I very much hope we will have success over the coming hours."
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