Final deal deadline set for today; Kerry: We are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever
World powers and Iran are due to end negotiations and create a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program today, July 10. The deadline was extended by 10 days with foreign ministers from European states returning home mid-week and reported to reconvene yesterday and today.
The Associated Press reported on Thursday night that United States Secretary of State John Kerry will leave talks if decisions are not made and finalized. He stated to reporters in Vienna Thursday night, “This is not open-ended. We can’t wait forever for the decision to be made. If the tough decisions don’t get made, we are absolutely prepared to call an end to this process.” He added that, “We will not rush and we will not be rushed. 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. We are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever.”
On Wednesday President Barack Obama stated a 50-50 chance of a final deal with Iran. Senator Dick Durbin quoted the President stating, “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. But if he comes up with an agreement and it meets his standards he wanted us to take an honest look at it and not prejudge.”
Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tweeted on Friday that, “Our Western partners, who did not support a draft resolution entirely acceptable to the other parties, are at fault, not Iran.”