A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran’s past atomic research.
Confused by the shifting goalposts and nasty rhetoric at the Iran nuclear talks? J.J. Goldberg says it’s all smoke and mirrors to placate hardliners on both sides — but the deal is as good as it gets for the world and Israel.
Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.
The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating with Iran have been making too many compromises in nuclear talks with Iran, saying it hoped to get a good agreement but was not certain that was achievable.
Senior U.S. and Iranian officials said much hard work still needs to be done to bridge significant differences on an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that concessions to Iran are increasing as it approaches the deadline for its nuclear talks with world powers.
A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards.
Iran’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday banning access for U.N. inspectors to its military sites and scientists, potentially complicating chances for a nuclear accord with world powers as a self-imposed June 30 deadline approaches.
Iran is trying to avoid detailed commitments. The French are sticking to their tough line. And U.S. President Barack Obama faces a battle to sell any deal to a skeptical Congress.
Chuck Schumer has been one of the staunchest Democratic critics of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. So Jewish activists were surprised when he softened his tone.