The nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran could be done next, a senior administration official said.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed talks on Thursday, and an official traveling to Switzerland with Kerry revealed that they were hopeful the deal could be done early next week.
“We very much believe we can get this done by the 31st,” the official said. “We see a path to do that.” The official clarified that there was no guarantee that an agreement would be reached, noting that a number of issues could complicate the talks. The negotiations missed two deadlines last year.
According to reports, the central question of how long the nuclear deal should last has not been answered despite progress made in other areas of the deal. Another official from the State Department called the conversations “ongoing.”
“All of us want as long a duration as is possible,” the official said. “The question is what is realistic -- what [restrictions] should be in place for what length of time.”
Thursday’s crucial meeting reportedly involved Iran deciding whether it would accept a series of outstanding issues that had yet to be resolved. The official said that following Thursday’s meeting, the U.S. would “have a much better sense of where Iran is.”
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