In a sign that no real progress has been made on preventing Iran from maintaining its ability to produce nuclear weapons, today’s deadline will likely come and go with no framework deal.
Reports coming out of the Lausanne talks between the P5+1 powers and Iran regarding its nuclear program indicate that the sides will announce that they have achieved some level of understanding just hours before the March 31st deadline.
Officials, who demanded anonymity because their information is confidential, say that the statement to be issued Tuesday evening will “lack specifics” and be accompanied by documents outlining more details.
The understandings that were reached reflect emaining obstacles to a final agreement while allowing the sides to continue negotiating in a new phase toward a comprehensive deal to be achieved in late June.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is heading back to Lausanne, indicating that a successful end to the talks is forthcoming. He departed on Monday, saying he would return if a deal is imminent.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have already been joined by the foreign ministers of the five other nations at the table.