World powers and Iran continue negotiating day ahead of deadline

Deadline for talks tomorrow; Foreign Ministers continue negotiations in Switzerland; Reports deal may be made but comprehensive accord possibly to fail by June 30th deadline

P5+1 and Iran (Reuters)

P5+1 and Iran (Reuters)

As of reports Monday morning, a nuclear deal has not been reached between Iran and world powers, the deadline for a framework agreement tomorrow.

The United States, Iran, Britain, Russia, France and China are all continuing heavy negotiations, reports from various sources stating a deal may not be met by the designated deadline of March 31 or that even if a deal was made, a comprehensive accord for June 30 could fall apart.

Foreign Minister from all P5+1 states have been meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland working on a reported 10-year suspicion of “sensitive nuclear work” in Iran.

According to a senior negotiator from Iran, “No deal has been reached, and the remaining issues have to be resolved” several diplomats and sources citing major issues still existing in talks.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that he could “cannot rule out” what would come of negotiations and that “this is almost always the case with such negotiations where the stakes are high and in which we feel responsible not only to ourselves but to all the others who are not at the table. I can’t rule out that there will be further crises in these negotiations.”

Press Secretary for the White House, Josh Earnest stated that the United States have “been negotiating for more than a year and ultimately it’s time for the Iranians to send a clear signal to the international community about whether or not they are willing to make the serious commitments required.”

World powers have been in negotiations for over 18 months.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the possible deal with Iran stating, “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression, and conversely, there is a reward for Iran’s aggression. The moderate and responsible states in the region, led by Israel and many others, are the first to be affected by this agreement… It is impossible to understand how when in Yemen forces supported by Iran continue to occupy more and more areas, in Lausanne we turn a blind eye to this aggression. But we will not turn a blind eye, and we will continue to act against any threat in any generation, and certainly in this one.”