John Kerry Says World Powers Agreed On Iran Nuclear Deal, But ‘Iran Couldn’t Take It’

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It appears that the major powers had come to agreement over the weekend on an Iran nuclear deal, but apparently Iran didn’t welcome it.

According to the Huffington Post, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it. Kerry also said critics of the plan should withhold their comments until a deal is reached.

“There was unity but Iran couldn’t take it,” Kerry said in comments made to reporters in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier reports said that the talks came apart because France refused to accept the deal with Iran, according to CBS News. However, on Monday, Kerry said that the major powers reached an agreement after a marathon bargaining session but Iran wasn't able to accept the deal “at that particular moment.”

A correspondent for CBS News noted that the negotiators are to return to Geneva later this month, and there are signs Iran is in fact preparing to sign some kind of agreement.

Kerry also said that that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejection of a deal to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions was premature.

“The time to oppose it is when you see what it is, not to oppose the effort to find out what is possible,” Kerry stated.

BBC News added that in a separate development on Monday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said the agency had agreed on a “roadmap for cooperation” with Iran to help resolve remaining issues.

Sources: Huffington Post, CBS News, BBC News