Talks to resume throughout today’s deadline, extension confirmed; Netanyahu vocalizes support for extension of talks over “bad deal”
Reports confirm that negotiations between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program have not met today’s deadline and will resume next month. Talks will continue reportedly until midnight Monday, an additional extension for negotiations set for July 1, 2015.
Iran’s news agency IRNA stated on Sunday afternoon that “The foreign ministers of Iran and P5+1 have decided to continue their negotiations during the coming weeks toward achieving a comprehensive agreement. The Geneva Accord too will be extended till July 1.”
During extension on talks between Iran and world powers, Iran will have access to $700 million per month in sanctions relief
Iran was given an extension in July for the November 24th deadline, details of why the deadline has not been reached unknown to the public.
A diplomat in negotiations was quoted as stating that “some progress” was made in this last round of negotiations in Vienna adding that there is a “need to discuss some issues with our capitals” referring to negotiations as an “ongoing process” and confirming an additional meeting before the end of 2015.
An Iranian source was quoted stating that “there is nothing concrete yet”, talks on n extension in the air for the past two weeks already.
Diplomats have been attempting to find a deal with Iran, which would make the Islamic Republic curb its uranium enrichment. Iran would in return receive relief on Western sanctions in place since 2012, a move that has been crippling Iran’s economy.
In an interview with ABC on Sunday, President Obama stated, “What a deal would do is take a big piece of business off the table and perhaps begin a long process in which the relationship not just between Iran and us but the relationship between Iran and the world, and the region, begins to change.”
Israel has been lobbying against a “bad” deal with Iran to not be made, Prime Minister Netanyahu consistently vocalizing and bringing light to Iran’s attempts to use diplomacy and talks to stall any diplomatic break as it continues to develop its nuclear program and military capabilities.
On Sunday, Netanyahu expressed support for extension of talks between Iran and world powers, as a “no deal” would be preferred to a “bad deal”. He stated Sunday, “We are presenting them with a firm stance that Iran should not be allowed to become a nuclear threshold state. There is no reason it should be allowed to retain thousands of centrifuges, which would allow it to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb in a short amount of time. There is also no reason for Iran to continue developing intercontinental missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and threaten the entire world. Therefore, no deal would be preferable to a bad deal that threatens Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”