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US delegation measures time spent at Iran talks in new ways

A journalist talks into a TV camera in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The talks are in danger of busting through their second deadline in a week, raising questions about whether world powers can cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy -- and testing the resolve of U.S. negotiators to walk away from negotiations. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — The Iran nuclear talks have once again been extended — this time until Friday. But instead of just counting the time of the marathon talks in days, the U.S. delegation has found new ways of measuring. Its list, presented Tuesday:

Trips to Vienna in 2014 — 11.

Trips to Vienna this year– 6.

Times flown over the Atlantic Ocean since the start of talks on a comprehensive deal in February 2014 — 69.

Distance flown since then — one delegation member’s estimate is 400,000 miles, or 16 times around the earth.

Snacks consumed by the roughly one dozen members of the delegation since June — Twizzlers licorice twists, 10 pounds; mixed nuts and dried fruits, 30 pounds; string cheese, 20 pounds; more than 200 Rice Krispies treats. And nearly a gallon of ice cream.

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