Nuclear talks to resume over weekend ahead of deadline

World powers and Iranian negotiation team to meet in Vienna over the weekend; Deadline for final agreement set for June 30

World powers, EU and Zarif (AFP)

World powers, EU and Zarif (AFP)

Nuclear talks will resume over the weekend, just five days before the designated deadline on a final deal between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Vienna on Saturday to participate in what media reports are referring to as the final set of negotiations. United States Secretary John Kerry will reportedly join negotiations on Friday.

Reports earlier this week claim progress in talks, Western sources reporting that the deadline may be extended by a few days. All of the deadlines in talks with Iran have been extended.

Iran however passed a bill on Tuesday to protect the country’s “nuclear rights and achievements”, the bill stating that any deal with the West must be reviewed by Iranian lawmakers.

The bill allows for international inspections of nuclear sites, but not military sites, a condition Iran has refused to alter. Iran’s refusal to allow for military site inspections has been deemed as one of the largest obstacles in negotiations.