June 30, 2015 | Quote

Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face ‘Tough Issues’

Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran nuclear negotiators are hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement but still need to work through some “very tough issues.”

Meanwhile, there is concern that negotiators will not make their self-imposed deadline.

On Thursday, a senior U.S. administration official said negotiators are expected to be “close” to an agreement on June 30, if they “can get there at all.”

“If it takes us a little bit past June 30 to have the right content … what matters here is the substance of the deal, and we have to get it right,” the official said.

It would make sense for negotiators to work past the deadline, if need be, to resolve outstanding issues, said analyst Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

“It certainly makes sense if the pressure to meet the deadline is going to sort of bring the quality of the agreement into question,” Ottolenghi said.


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