Iran Talks Vienna

Clock ‘strikes midnight’ at Iran talks

Vienna __ Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday (July 9) that an Iran nuclear deal would require more work to be able to withstand the test of time, as negotiators from Iran and six world powers blew through a July 10 Congressional deadline after which they would have to submit a prospective deal to a 60 day Congressional review.

“We will not be rushed,” Kerry told journalists outside Vienna’s Coburg Palace July 9, after intense negotiations with members of the P5+1 (the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) as well as a one on one talks with the Iranian Foreign Minister.

“All we are focused on is the quality of the agreement,” Kerry said. “It has to be able to withstand the test of time.”

“Despite all the progress [made]….some tough issues remain to be resolved,” Kerry said. “But we are not going to get up from the negotiating table just because the clock strikes midnight,” Kerry said.

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This article was written by Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on July 9, 2015. Laura Rozen reports on foreign policy from Washington, DC, for Al-Monitor’s Back Channel.