Iran Talks Continue with One-Week Extension


Time: 2:03 p.m. CEST

Secretary of State Kerry Shakes Hands With Iranian Vice President for Atomic Energy Salehi Amid Nuclear Negotiations in Austria
Secretary of State Kerry Shakes Hands With Iranian Vice President for Atomic Energy Salehi Amid Nuclear Negotiations in Austria (Courtesy of State Department)

News agencies report, talks for possible conclusion of Iran’s nuclear deal are extended until next week in Vienna.

The talks under the auspices of the European Union are in the format P5+1, with the United States and Russia having prominent roles.

The U.S. State Department’s Marie Harf said “the sides had agreed to extend preliminary agreement until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solutions,” Reuters publishes on Wednesday.

The Joint Plan of Action remains on force until new agreement is reached, regardless that interim agreement should have exist only until June 30 deadline. If the sides in the talks would not reach an agreement, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said, “Iran would resume suspended atomic work,” Reuters reports. Rouhani said that if sides agree on a deal, all would be committed to it. Contrary, of the deal is missing he said Iran would continue as before, “stronger than they imagine.”

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that “is going to be up to the Iranian,” to decide on the future accord. But Obama, who talked during the news conference with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, also said, he is prepared to walk away of the talks in the absence of the agreement that could “set verifiable agreement.”

Iran and six world powers are working to define an accord that should define halting of Iran’s nuclear program at least for decade. In exchange for that, West would gradually remove the economic sanctions.

Iran agreed in November 2013 to take some steps to limit some of its nuclear program while limited removal of sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry take part in the negotiations, even though Kerry is still recovering his broken leg. Kerry started again the talks in Vienna with Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived again in Vienna after consultations in Tehran. Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif arrived with Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi. “I am here to get a final deal,” Zarif said to reporters, as Reuters writes.

Responsible United Nations agency that controls Iran’s nuclear program, International Atomic Energy Agency should report next month that, “Iran had complied with a preliminary deal to cut its low-enriched uranium stockpile.” A report of IAEA in May explained, “the stockpile had increased above the required level, but Tehran met a June 30 deadline to cut it.”

Five UN Security Council permanent members, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany are countries that are trying to close a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The possible agreement with Iran would also need to pass Congress before halting some of the sanctions to Iran.

On June 29, White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained what verification means to the U.S. “What is built into this agreement are a set of verification measures that will make sure that international experts have access to Iranian sites, Iranian facilities, and even Iranian personnel,” Earnest said.

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Lausanne Iran Talks in April 2015 resulted with outline for a deal.

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