At Last? Sources Say Iran Nuke Deal Coming Today

Formal agreement expected tomorrow after eons of negotiations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2015 8:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are expected to reach a provisional agreement today on a historic deal that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, diplomats told the AP. The two diplomats cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out today and a formal agreement still awaits a review from the capitals of the seven nations at the talks. They said plans now are for the deal to be announced tomorrow. The diplomats, who are at the talks, demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly. The agreement would cap nearly a decade of diplomacy, including the current round in Vienna that has run more than two weeks and blown through three deadlines.

Even before the envoys spoke to the AP, the nuclear negotiations appeared well on the way to an agreement. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Thursday had threatened to walk away from the negotiations, noted today that "a few tough things" remain in the way of agreement but added "we're getting to some real decisions." Kerry said twice he was "hopeful" after a "very good meeting" yesterday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also was cautiously optimistic, telling reporters: "I hope that we are finally entering the last phase of this negotiation." (A week ago, Kerry was much less optimistic.)

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