Considering Tuesday as deadline, “hard choices” are to be made if a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme is to be made said US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Mr. Kerry cautioned that the two sides were “not where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues”. Kerry’s counterpart said “still nothing is clear”, as ministers were set to continue talks in Vienna.
The six major world powers and Iran extended the deadline to Tuesday. Kerry added “over the past few days, genuine progress has been made”.
But the US was prepared to walk away “if we don’t have a deal and there is absolute intransigence and unwillingness to move on the things that are important”. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that “some differences remain and we are trying and working hard”.
The so called P5+1 group – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – have wanted Iran to reverse its nuclear activities to guarantee that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.
Once the deal is agreed, it has to be reviewed by US Congress before Obama agrees to lift sanctions.