Iran: Talks Extended Until July 7

The US State Department and the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that negotiations related to its nuclear program will be extended until July 7. Reports related to the talks indicate that progress has been made and that the sides are “nearing” a deal. This in mind, there appears to be some ambiguity regarding the parameters of the original framework deal. US and Iranian Presidents Obama and Rouhani have made statements declaring their readiness to walk away from a deal should these terms not be honored.

For the US one of the main sticking points is inspectors’ access to Iranian nuclear military sites. Iran’s parliament recently passed a bill which, although mostly symbolic, would prevent access to any IAEA inspectors to its nuclear infrastructure and personnel. Iranian Ayatollah Khamanei has final say on the nuclear program, although he too has been vocal in his opposition to allowing inspectors unfettered access.

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