Just two days ahead of deadline, reports claiming deal nearly reached; Negotiations continue in Switzerland
Just two days before the scheduled deadline for negotiations between Iran and world powers, reports Sunday claim that negotiators are closer to a deal then in the past however, several diplomats in talks have reported Iran as being “difficult” and not moving forward.
Negotiations have been ongoing since the weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland. Intense talks have been carried out over the weekend between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Reports in the past month have been “optimistic” on a final deal which world powers and Iran would finalize, the State of Israel and many in Congress against a deal with Iran.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, stated that they “have never been so close to a deal”, reports from the several European diplomats claiming success and likelihood a final deal will be made in time.
An official in talks however stated that Iran is “not moving. It’s very difficult. It is not going well. We are really at a point where the Iranians need to decide whether they want this or not.” An additional official in talks stated that the Iranians “like to negotiate on the edge of a precipice. They’re very good at it.”
Head of Iran’s negotiating team Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on talks held in Switzerland Saturday that “We’re moving forward. I think we can in fact make the necessary progress to be able to resolve all the issues and start writing them down in a text that will become the final agreement once it’s done.” He additionally stated that, “In negotiations, both sides must show flexibility. We [Iran] have, and are ready to make a good deal for all. We await our counterparts’ readiness” in reference to world powers.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned of the dangers of a deal with Iran in his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, stating that “This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that.”