Iran nuclear deal deadline pushed back to July 7
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (2ndL) wait at the start of a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (2ndR) at the international discussion on nuclear policy in Vienna, Austria, on June 30, 2015. (AFP/Carlos Barria)
The deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme has been put back until July 7, according to diplomats at the international talks in Vienna.
The final date had been set for this Tuesday, the last day of June.
Amid suspicions that Tehran is trying to build nuclear weapons, a senior US official said real and tough issues still had to be resolved to get a comprehensive agreement.
Secretary of State John Kerry – still on crutches due to a broken leg – has met his Iranian counterpart for talks.
Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew in on Tuesday morning, telling reporters a final deal was possible.
Iranian media say the country has a serious desire to accelerate negotiations and achieve an agreement.
The main differences are over the monitoring of Iran’s nuclear programme – which Tehran insists is for energy – and the pace and timing of sanctions relief.
The West wants UN inspectors to have access to Iranian military sites – strongly rejected by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayagollah Ali Khamenei.