John Kerry announced on Sunday that every foreign minister involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions would return to Vienna, but stressed how “difficult issues” stood in the way of agreement.
After eight days of talks in Austria’s capital, the US secretary of state said the immense diplomatic effort to resolve the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear programme could still “go either way”.
Mr Kerry played down expectations of a breakthrough in time for Tuesday’s deadline, saying: “I want to be absolutely clear with everybody: we are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues.”
Mr Kerry endorsed the view of his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, that a final agreement has “never been closer”.
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But the secretary of state added: “At this point, this negotiation could go either way. If hard choices get made in the next couple of days – and made quickly – we could get an agreement this week. But if they are not made, we will not.”
Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over the country’s disputed nuclear programme.
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