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Kerry: No Extension on Iran Talks Without Agreement Framework

Sec. John Kerry said “the only chance” of extending Iranian nuclear talks is contingent on whether parties can outline an agreement before the deadline.
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Secretary of State John Kerry said this weekend "the only chance" of extending the Iranian nuclear talks is contingent on whether the parties can outline an agreement before a deadline set for later this year.

“If we're not able to make the fundamental decisions that have to be made over the course of the next weeks, literally, I think it would be impossible to extend,” Kerry told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview airing Sunday. "I don't think we would want to extend at that point. Either you make the decisions to prove your program is a peaceful one, or if you're unable to do that, it may tell a story that none of us want to hear."

Kerry spoke from Munich, where he was attending a security conference. While there, he also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the ongoing talks between Iran, the U.S., France, the U.K., Germany, China and Russia. The sides have until March to agree to the framework of a nuclear deal. They must come to a comprehensive agreement by June 30. On Sunday, Iran's foreign minister said he did not think extending the talks would be in anyone's interest.


— Daniel Cooney