We still don’t have a nuclear deal set with Iran, as negotiations passed the self-imposed Tuesday deadline. The goal: Iran to slow down their nuclear enrichment (allowing checks by the West to make sure they aren’t making a bomb) in return for economic sanctions being lifted. We will keep you updated if a political framework for a deal is agreed upon.
Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit an impasse over key details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions and Iran’s future atomic research.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sounded a note of caution. “I think we have a broad framework of understanding, but there are still some key issues that have to be worked through,” he told the BBC.
The United States threatened on Tuesday to walk away if the current talks yield no political framework accord.
The talks have stalled on the issues of Iran’s nuclear centrifuge research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their restoration if Iran breaches the agreement.
As well, it is important to note that France, yes the French, are the ones playing hardball.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius left saying he would only return if it was “necessary”.
“Things have progressed, but not enough … that we can reach an immediate deal,” Fabius told reporters in Paris. “We are firm. We want a robust deal with detailed checks.”