Saturday, March 21, 2015

'Deal Can Be Reached' - Rouhani

Kerry: It Is Time to Make Hard Decisions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran today that in the round of talks in Lausanne “shared points of view emerged in some of the areas where there had been a difference of opinion.” Rouhani added that progress made in the talks means a final deal can be reached. “There is nothing that can’t be resolved, although some differences still remain.” (BBC, 21 March)

Speaking in Lausanne on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said “genuine progress” has been made, although “important gaps” remained. Today, Kerry said it was time to make tough decisions.

"We are not rushing... but we recognize that fundamental decisions have to be made now and they don't get any easier as time goes by," Kerry said. It is time to make hard decisions." (Reuters, 21 March)

Kerry is in London today meeting with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany before returning to Washington.

Talks will resume on 26 March in an attempt to reach a framework agreement by the 31 March deadline.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Basically the west says there's no chance in Hell of immediately lifting key sanctions, and that's Iran's red line -- so these talks will fail.

The question is, will Iran immediately restart its nuclear program?