MARCH 31, 2015 UPDATE: NO FINAL AND DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT REACHED (MIDNIGHT DEADLINE)
The U.S. and other world powers and Iran met Monday in a final push to reach an interim nuclear deal – with one foreign minister saying there had been “some progress and some setbacks” as a deadline loomed in the negotiations.
Talks aimed at preventing Tehran having the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for easing international sanctions have been going on for days in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
“I can’t rule out that there will be further crises in these negotiations,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said told reporters as the talks resumed Monday, adding that there had been “some progress and some setbacks in the last hours.”
A senior State Department official denied earlier reports that Iran’s refusal to export its atomic fuel was a sticking point that could end prospects of a deal.
Tehran’s lead negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, told reporters Sunday that a deal was still “doable.” At the same time, he ruled out one of the P5+1’s core demands: that Iran send its nuclear stocks out of the country.
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