Leading members of Congress are pressing US President Barack Obama to abandon his attempts to force through a nuclear deal with Iran, after the deadline for talks was extended on Tuesday to July 7 in a last gasp week-long reprieve.
In response to the desperate efforts to reach a deal despite the obvious differences in position that continue to prevent an agreement from being reached, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted the Obama administration in an op-ed for Politico.
“President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry should use the opportunity to pause negotiations, take a step back and re-examine the point of the talks in the first place,” said McConnell.
Differences between the two sides are apparent even in terms of the deadline; while the US announced an extension to next Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday “we did not set any deadline,” reports Fox News.
Efforts to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program continue Thursday, with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Yukiya Amano visiting Tehran to try and get Iran to come clean on the military aspects on its nuclear program.
Meanwhile in Vienna, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Zarif are to be joined by the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain and China for a final push in negotiations.
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