Report: Parties Prepare To Issue Iran Nuke Talks Statement
Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. (March 31) AP
World powers and Iran were on Tuesday preparing to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase of efforts to reach a nuclear deal, the Associated Press reported.
Citing officials, who demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to comment, the AP reportedthat the joint statement will be accompanied by more technical documents, allowing the sides to claim enough progress has been made to merit a new round of discussions.
One of the officials told the news agency that differences remain between the sides after six days of talks.
The talks between the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany and Iran inLausanne are focused on curbing Iran’s nuclear program to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons, while easing sanctions that have crippled that country’s economy.
Such a deal would make Iran less of a national security threat to the US but could lead to even more friction as Iran continues to expand its reach across the Middle East, said Suzanne Maloney, a former State Department policy planner now at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
Negotiators are seeking a general agreement by the end of Tuesday, and a comprehensive deal in June. The U.S. Congress, which is on recess until April 13, has threatened to vote on increasing sanctions if a framework is not reached in March.