Iran nu­clear deal elu­sive as another dead­line passes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ne­go­tia­tors at the Iran nu­clear talks pushed past their sec­ond dead­line in a week on Tues­day, rais­ing new ques­tions about the abil­ity of world pow­ers to cut off all Ira­nian path­ways to a bomb through diplo­macy. The dis­cus­sions, in their 12th day, were pro­longed un­til pos­si­bly Fri­day.

“We knew it would have been dif­fi­cult, chal­leng­ing and some­times hard,” said Fed­er­ica Mogherini, the Euro­pean Union’s for­eign pol­icy chief. She said the ne­go­ti­a­tions would con­tinue de­spite hit­ting some “tense” mo­ments, and the U.S. State Depart­ment de­clared the cur­rent in­terim nu­clear ar­range­ment with Iran ex­tended through July 10. As the latest tar­get date ar­rived for a deal that would set a decade of re­stric­tions on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif and other top diplo­mats hud­dled in Vi­enna in search of a break­through.

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