… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editors Note: The cliff hanger continues. It was not unexpected that all the foreign ministers would have to come in for the final deal.
Signals of general progress have been good, like ‘being 90% there, and ‘only one or two issues’ still to resolve.
The key three, Ahston, Kerry, and Iran’s Zarif were the last reported meeting, following several other talks to keep the Western group all on the same page. Even the French FM stated that France wants a deal.
But the last Press TV report said:
“An Iranian deputy foreign minister says it is not certain whether Saturday negotiations between Iran and the Sextet over Tehran’s nuclear energy program will end in an accord.”
This may be part of the shadow boxing going on. All sides have to show they were hard bargainers to keep domestic political opponents from beating up on them during a post agreement period.
We already know Israel will be declaring the end of the world as we know it. It will be our job to define that is the beginning of the end of Zionist international terror and their mega world wide espionage operations… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published November 23rd, 2013 –
Negotiators from Iran and the six countries began their talks on Saturday as the negotiations entered into an unscheduled fourth day with all signs looking positive that a deal could be sealed.
Hopes are now rising that an agreement is just around the corner as US Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers of the world powers gather in Geneva to join the talks which are aimed at resolving the West’s decade-old standoff with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met again in Geneva on Friday in the sixth such meeting since the start of the latest round of talks on Wednesday.
After his fifth session with Ashton, who represents the six powers, on Friday, Zarif told reporters that the two sides “have moved forward up to 90 percent” in the course of their nuclear negotiations.
The Iranian top nuclear negotiator also noted that only “one to two issues” need to be resolved.
The diplomats present at the talks, including the Iranian negotiators, have expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the course of the Friday meetings.