Anxiety not only affected nuclear negotiators in Vienna but was also visible in Iran, where on the eve of the last day of the nuclear talks a hashtag was created on Twitter “#Celebration OnNov24ForIran” in the hope that a final deal would be reached before the November 24 deadline.
With no briefing or details provided to the more than 100 journalists who had traveled to Austria to cover the final days of Iran’s nuclear talks, a seven month extension was the only news we heard. U.S. Secretary State John Kerry appeared in front of the media and said: “ Progress was indeed made on some of the most vexing challenges that we face.” Kerry officially was the first person to announce that the nuclear talks would be extended until July 1st after days of intense talks in Vienna with Iran and P5+1 ( five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany).
Keeping his body language positive, Kerry said the world is a safer place since the talks began last year and Iran’s ability to enrich and store high grade uranium had been diminished significantly.
Of course for the Americans, perhaps the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue wasn’t the main subject of the interest as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reigned on the same day. It is rumored that Hagel resigned under White House pressure, as NBC Nightly News reported. The media focus shifted from the talks to the shock resignation very quickly. However, the talks remained top news in Iran, as President Hassan Rowhani appeared in a taped interview on state TV to tell citizens of the progress being made and to promise Iranians that the nuclear program would continue and the quality of their lives would also continue to improve.
Spreading the praise
It is clear that both countries are eager to reach the nuclear deal but more trust needs to be built between the parties involved. “This is not the time to walk away.Camelia Entekhabi-Fard