U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says they’re close. Very close. To reaching an agreement. Six Western nations with Iran. Over Iran’s nuclear program. But there is skepticism, fear and distrust by the Israelis. So much so that there’s a massive effort to win some Democratic votes over to the Republican side. To insure that any measure blocking an agreement in Congress is veto-proof.
Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian-Council says, thus far, there aren’t enough votes to override a presidential veto. But that could change during the prescribed review process.
“Who knows what will happen over the next 30 or 60 days,” he says.
There were rumors that they were about to reach a deal with Iran today. Secretary of State John Kerry says, they are close. That the reason they keep extending the deadline is that they are hopeful for a deal. But he adds, there is no rush. And the United States and its partners negotiating with Iran, won’t be rushed.
President Obama says the chances of a nuclear agreement with Iran are at “less than 50-50,” even as he worked to reassure Senate Democrats that he won’t accept a bad deal.
The president sounded a fresh note of pessimism as the nuclear talks in Vienna missed yet another self-imposed deadline — and as his administration has sought to refute accusations that it is desperate for a deal. “He said the chances he thought were less than 50-50 at this point and that he wouldn’t agree to something he thought was weak or unenforceable,.” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was at the meeting where Obama expressed his doubts
Britain, France, Germany and the European Union all said on Thursday that a final nuclear agreement with Iran is not yet guaranteed, with some key political questions still unanswered.
The two-year diplomatic effort has entered its endgame, now two days past a self-imposed deadline for world powers and Iran to reach a comprehensive accord which will govern Iran’s nuclear work for over a decade
The U.S. delegation to the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna announced Tuesday that the terms of the interim deal set earlier this year would remain in place for another week, to allow an extension of the talks on a comprehensive agreement until July 7.
Iran and the world powers were meant to have reached a final agreement by June 30, but it became clear over the last few days that the talks would be extended. Click here to read the story.
Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has asked his fellow Republican leadership in the Congress to reject a nuclear deal with Iran, saying any such deal could start arms race in the Middle East.
“One, they should absolutely reject it (nuclear deal). Congress made a huge mistake in the bill they passed giving away some of their oversight authority,” Jindal told Fox News. Click here to read the story.
The world powers and Iran are headed to a nuclear agreement, even if Tuesday’s deadline is not met, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Monday. Ya’alon, at a briefing in his Tel Aviv office with diplomatic reporters, said that despite some last minute delays, the negotiations were not on the verge of collapse. “What is clear is that this is a bad agreement,” he said. “After it is signed we will have a nuclear threshold Iran.” Click here to read the story.
As the deadline approaches for a deal with Iran over that nation’s nuclear program, Tehran says there are but a few issues to iron out. But, those issues are pretty significant. A member of the Iranian negotiating team tells Iran’s official news agency those differences are substantial and essential. Reportedly including the timetable for the lifting of sanctions and inspections of Iran’s military facilities. Click here to read the story.