The United States and Iran has exchanged warnings as Iran and world powers failed to reach a nuclear deal, extending the interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme until July 7 to allow more time for talks to reach a final deal.
US President Barack Obama urged Iran to remain committed to the deal.
“Ultimately this is going to be up to the Iranians” to meet the requirements set out by the international community, he said during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.
“There would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off,” he continued.
On the same day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the importance of striking a final deal, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises.
Iran and P5+1 group - comprising of the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - are working towards an accord that is expected to halt economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear activities.
After a decade of deadlock, Iran and world powers reached a preliminary framework nuclear agreement in Switzerland on April 2.
Obama’s remarks were likely to be seen as a response to Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last week hardened his his stance on the nuclear negotiations and ruled out a freeze on research and development for 10 years, as well as inspections of military sites.
Khamenei has always supported Iran’s negotiator despite the harsh criticism from hardliners and military leaders.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on Sunday to Tehran for consultations with the leadership. US Secretary of State John Kerry has remained in Vienna to wait for Zarif’s return and the arrival of the foreign ministers of France, Germany, the UK, Russia and China.
If the deal is reached before July 9, a mandatory congressional review period before President Barack Obama can begin suspending sanctions is limited to 30 days. If the deal is reached later, the review will last 60 days, with increasing risks for congressional moves that can kill the deal.