Iran nu­clear deal in sight?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

A his­toric nu­clear com­pro­mise within sight, Amer­i­can and Ira­nian ne­go­tia­tors strug­gled Mon­day to clear the fi­nal ob­sta­cles to an agree­ment aimed at elim­i­nat­ing the threat of a nu­clear-armed Tehran.

Weary diplo­mats ex­pected to push past their fourth missed dead­line in less than two weeks.

Among the vex­ing ques­tions re­main­ing: Should Iran be al­lowed to be­gin buy­ing and selling con­ven­tional weapons again?

As a mid­night tar­get for a deal ap­proached, diplo­mats said the nuts and bolts of the writ­ten nu­clear ac­cord had been set­tled days ago.

And Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani briefly raised ex­pec­ta­tions of an im­mi­nent break­through by pro­claim­ing on Twit­ter: “Iran Deal is the vic­tory of diplo­macy & mu­tual re­spect over the out­dated par­a­digm of ex­clu­sion & co­er­cion. And this is a good be­gin­ning.”

But only min­utes later, Rouhani’s tweet was deleted.

He then re­trans­mit­ted it, adding the word “If ” in front of “Iran Deal” to re­flect ne­go­tia­tors weren’t there yet.

The pro­posed pact would im­pose long-term and ver­i­fi­able lim­its on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram and pro­vide the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic tens of bil­lions of dol­lars in re­lief from in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions.

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