U.S. Resisting Extension of Talks
U.S. resists extension of nuclear talks with Iran beyond the 24 November deadline and wants to strike a deal by then.
“We have not discussed an extension. We believe in keeping the pressure on ourselves,” a senior State Department official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after six hours of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif apparently yielded no major breakthrough. (AFP, 15 October)
“Until everything is agreed, nothing is agreed, and you can get 98 percent of the way, and the last two percent may kill the entire deal,” said the American official, believed to be Wendy Sherman, State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs and chief nuclear negotiator
It was unclear whether Kerry and Zarif would resume their talks on Thursday. However, Zarif will meet with negotiators from six major powers during the plenary session of the talks in Vienna.
Earlier today, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said any extension of nuclear talks increases risk of total failure. He also was suggesting to the Iranian negotiating team that political will on the part of Iran will determine the talks’ outcome.