“I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months,” Kerry said at a Senate hearing. (Reuters, 8 April)
Kerry made the comments in response to a question about whether P5+1 negotiators were aiming for a 6-12 month breakout period. Kerry declined to comment on the question, saying the talks are continuing.
P5+1 and Iran resumed their negotiations today in Vienna. The breakout time, which could be defined in terms of numbers and types of centrifuges in operation and the stockpile of the fissile material already produced, will be one of the tougher issues during the talks. To read our post on major issues during the negotiations, please click here.
At the end of the plenary session today, Iran's deputy foreign minister and senior negotiator Abbas Araqchi and his American counterpart Wendy Sherman met separately. Meanwhile, another Iranian negotiator, Takht Ravanchi, met with the British team. Next plenary session will be held on Wednesday at 08:30 local time.