Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi summed up the results of 2.5 days of what has been described as tough and serious talks: Can’t say we progressed, can’t say we regressed.
In Washington, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the talks were “tough, direct and serious.” Psaki added that the two sides were “continuing to chip away at a very challenging issue.” (Reuters, 10 November)
The negotiators from P5+1 and Iran will resume talks in Muscat on Tuesday ahead of a last-ditch push in Vienna next week to meet the 24 November deadline.
The pace at which sanctions would be phased out, the length of any final accord, and Iran’s enrichment capacity are the toughest outstanding issues.
On Sunday, President Obama said during an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation that the U.S. was looking for “verifiable, lock-tight assurances (from Iran) that they can’t develop a nuclear weapon.”
Photo credit: Secretary of State John Kerry (l.), EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at trilateral talks; Muscat, Oman, 10 November 2014 (Reuters)