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White House: Iran's nuclear proposal 'very useful'

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October 16, 2013 02:09 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says an Iranian proposal addressing its nuclear program is useful and contains a, quote, "level of seriousness and substance that we have not seen before."

White House spokesman Jay Carney says not to expect a prompt breakthrough in the high-level nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.

Still, the talks ended on a positive note Wednesday. The European Union's top diplomat called them, quote, "very important."

A new meeting among the parties is scheduled for Nov. 7-8 in Geneva.

Carney says, quote: "We found the Iranian presentation very useful."

He added that the deal must prove to the international community that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.