Nuclear negotiations between Tehran and six world powers will not finish on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, with diplomats reporting deadlock over a U.N. arms embargo and other sticking points.
The White House said significant issues remained to be resolved and Iran faced some tough decisions.
Asked if there would be a deal tonight, Zarif said, “No,” ISNA reported. Separately, an Iranian diplomat told Iran’s students news agency ISNA that a ministerial meeting, which Iranian media earlier reported would take place at 1900 GMT, is unlikely to happen on Monday.
Officials close to the negotiations spoke of the increasing frustation on the part of European delegates regarding Kerry’s apparent unwillingness to walk away but the White House said ‘genuine progress’ had been made and the U.S. negotiating team would stay in Vienna as long as negotiations remained useful.
“There -- there continue to be significant issues that remain,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “They’re not going to sign onto an agreement until all of our concerns have been addressed. And as long as they continue to make progress in doing that, then the talks will -- will continue.”
For days, Iran and six world powers have been close to a deal to give Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear programme, but Iranian officials said talks could run past their latest midnight deadline and success was not guaranteed.
There were no concrete signs of a breakthrough as diplomats in Vienna continued to struggle over issues such as U.N. sanctions and access to Iranian military sites.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in silence when asked if the deadline might be extended or if he could rule out an extension. His Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said “there shouldn’t be any extension”, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, only to add: “But we can continue the talks as long as necessary.”
Zarif spoke with Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for more than an hour.
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