The U.S. State Department announced this morning that Iran and the main nations negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from right now to July 7 to “let much more time for negotiations to reach a extended-term answer.”
The announcement comes following Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for just about two hours earlier currently. Zarif had just returned from a trip back to Tehran to consult with his country’s leadership.
Asked no matter if he was provided a mandate to get a final deal, Zarif told reporters, “I did not go to get a mandate. I already had a mandate to negotiate and I am right here to get a final deal and I think we can.”
Sat down w/ @JZarif this AM just after his return to Vienna. Will meet later now w/ Russian FM Lavrov. #IranTalksVienna pic.twitter.com/R3Lo3srDvq
The Obama Administration has consistently stood by statements saying negotiators would stick to the Joint Extensive Program of Action deadline of June 30, even though the new deadline would still leave room for a final deal to be submitted to the U.S. Congress prior to a July 9 deadline.
Negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the ‘P5+1,’ created up of the United States, China, France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany have been set back by divisions on how a final deal will be implemented.
At situation is how quickly billions of dollars in sanctions relief against Iran’s economy will be implemented by the international community, as nicely as the level of access inspectors will have to Iranian military web-sites and nuclear scientists.
In current months, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has made public statements suggesting Iran would not agree to crucial parameters outlined in the framework pitched by the U.S., even so Khamenei tweeted his support for the country’s negotiating group Tuesday morning.
I recognize our negotiators as trustworthy, committed, brave and faithful. #IranTalks https://t.co/gj5IMikjL7 pic.twitter.com/MTCWJi41K0
Speaking to reporters in the White Residence the afternoon, President Obama stated the aim of the Iranian nuclear negotiations “is not rely on trust,” but a strict set of verifiable inspections parameters to make certain Iran is unable to obtain a nuclear weapon.
“I will stroll away from the negotiations if it is a terrible deal,” Obama said. “There has been a lot of talk on the other side from the Iranian negotiators about whether, in reality, they can abide by some of the terms that came up in Lausanne. If they can not, that is going to be a issue.”
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