US secretary of state pushes to finalise Iran nuclear deal

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, to launch final ‘high-stakes diplomatic push’ to help seal nuclear deal with Iran

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

On Saturday Kerry will once again meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, as he’s set to make a final diplomatic push to help seal and finalise the long anticipated nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

French officials warned on Wednesday that the groundbreaking Iranian nuclear deal may take more time, and there’s a possibility it won’t be sealed before the June 30 deadline. France has also expressed strong concern and made it clear it’s ready to block a final deal unless Tehran provides inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.

"France will not accept a deal if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told lawmakers in Paris.

Iran and the six global powers leading the talks - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - laid down a framework to guide the final accord in eight days of marathon late-night talks in Lausanne in early April.

The US secretary of state will accompany his team back to Europe to resume talks with Iran to end the crisis which started 12 years ago when Iran first announced it’s nuclear program.

The deal entails Iran allowing inspections as part of what the US president Barack Obama described as  "the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated."

In return the six world powers will lift the sanctions that have long crippled Iran’s economy.

Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Wednesday that the two sides were "not bound by the schedule" agreed on April 2, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA. 

However a US State Department official, Jeff Rathke, said the US was "focused on June 30th as the deadline, and that's what we're devoting our efforts to."

TRTWorld and agencies