Nuclear talks to extend until Monday

Kerry confirms extension on negotiations through Monday

Kerry and Zarif (REUTERS)

Kerry and Zarif (REUTERS)

Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed the third extension for nuclear negotiations and talks on a final deal between world powers and Iran.

Addressing the press from Vienna Friday evening, Kerry stated:

This has been a very difficult couple of weeks for the many journalists who are here with us in Vienna – but let me assure you, we would not be here continuing to negotiate just for the sake of negotiating.

We’re here because we believe we are making real progress toward a comprehensive deal. But as I have said many times, and as I have discussed with President Obama last night, we are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever.

We also recognize that we shouldn’t get up and leave simply because the clock strikes midnight. And I emphasize- given that the work here is incredibly technical and the stakes are very, very high, we will not rush, and we will not be rushed, and we won’t let ourselves be rushed through any aspect of this.

All that we are focused on is the quality of the agreement. And that is what will continue to define our work.

If in the end, we are able to reach a deal, it has to be one that can withstand the test of time. It is not a test of a matter of days or weeks or months- it is a test for decades. That ‘s our goal here.

And the simple fact is that despite all of the progress we have made, and it is real, some of the tough issues remain unresolved.

We know that difficult decisions don’t become easier over time. One way or the other, those decisions must be taken very soon.

Following his press conference, Kerry stated that “I think we have resolved some of the things that were outstanding and we’ve made some progress” adding that the “atmosphere is very constructive” and confirming ongoing meetings to continue into Saturday.