Surpassing yet another deadline of July 10, debates over Iran’s nuclear programme will continue in Vienna until negotiators find common ground.
The six world powers - US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - are hoping to meet the deadline to guarantee a prompt evaluation by the US congress. However, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany were not in a rush.
A 30-day review period by the US congress was set to begin right after the July 10 deadline, but now the US congress will have 60 days to review any document, which will delay the lifting of US sanctions.
Debates are still in progress regarding the West’s suspicion of Iran trying to build nuclear weapons while Tehran, opposing such accusations, claims that its programme is solely for peaceful purposes.
"We're here because we believe we are making real progress," Kerry told reporters in the Austrian capital on Thursday.
But he emphasised that "we are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever" and that he was willing to "call an end" to nuclear talks with Iran if "tough decisions" are not made.
“I emphasise, given that the work here is incredibly technical and that the stakes are very very high, we will not rush and we will not be rushed," he further stated.
Even though yet another deadline was not met, none of the parties consider it a bad sign. Rather, they emphasised how far they have come and how close they are now to reach a well grounded agreement.
A senior Iranian official emphasised Iran’s thoughts on how it now feels like it is in five bilateral negotiations; since every country has different "red lines." The official would only speak "of certain changes in the US position" as well as "a walking back" by other countries - which the six powers have denied.
With a third deadline surpassed, it is clear that more time is still required to bring the talks to a close.
The US government said that it is unlikely that the negotiations will not reach a deal within the coming weeks.
The negotiating parties are still believed to differ in international inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, sanctions, and how Iran's compliance will be verified.