Vienna: Ahead of the July 7 deadline for an agreement with Iran to close its pathways to nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry this past Sunday had drawn attention to certain gaps and issues that needed to be resoved and said if we can resolve them this week, we’ll have a deal. And if we can’t, we won’t have a deal.
President Barack Obama also took the stand last week that a deal could be accepted only if it effectively closed off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, and could stand up to the scrutiny of experts around the world.
Kerry has been in Vienna working with the U.S. negotiating team to reach a final deal to address the concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. All the P5+1 ministers met on Monday along with the EU, and then all met together with Iran to close the gaps on the remaining technical details, US department of State Spokesperson John Kirby told mediapersons at the daily press briefing here. The Secretary met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif throughout the weekend, including over four hours of meetings on Monday, he added.
On some important issues to be resolved Kerry said this past Sunday:
If we can resolve them this week, we’ll have a deal. And if we can’t, we won’t have a deal.
Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s lead negotiator had told Iranian TV late on Saturday that extending the talks is not an option for anyone. “We are trying to finish the job”, he stated.