The main burden of proof, however, should fall not on Obama but on skeptics of a nuclear deal with Iran. “But there are always issues which require special attention on our part, and I am glad that we have an opportunity to talk about this today”, Putin said. He says another $4 billion in equipment is needed to refurbish the navy and army-and Russian Federation is the likely short- and medium-term source for this equipment.
At the same time, Khamenei insists that Iran be permitted to work on advanced nuclear enrichment centrifuges, and the Iranian negotiating team has lately begun pushing for an end to embargos on transfer of arms to the Islamic Republic.
If a deal is sent to Congress after July 9 – Thursday – the period grows to 60 days, increasing the chance that the deal could unravel.
President Hassan Rouhani said as negotiations over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program are heading to a conclusion and Western powers have admitted that Iran can not be stopped in the march to scientific achievements, Iran is ready for enhanced cooperation, IRNA reported.
The Russian foreign minister also outlined the basic principles of a possible deal.
Speculations and predictions can be made but in reality what’s important is the final decision at the negotiating table.
Most of the final text is already written, along with most of five technical annexes.
Some of the thorniest issues such as a time frame for lifting sanctions and a United Nations probe into allegations that Iran in the past sought to develop nuclear weapons, also appear close to resolution.
Nuclear talks between Iran and major powers remain beset with problems but are going in the right direction, France’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that the talks would continue tonight.
“These talks are like alpinists claiming a peak: 95 percent of the way has been completed, but there are still several steps, the last few metres (which are) the most hard”, Ryabkov told journalists on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in the Russian city of Ufa.
Responding to Iranian social media reports that details had been finalized for an agreement, the Israel Project’s Omri Ceren said the development “means the Americans may have collapsed on Iran’s last-minute demand that the United Nations arms embargo be lifted”.
“We don’t have an agreement that’s good enough yet”, the USA delegation’s spokeswoman Marie Harf told CNN.
Iran has long denied seeking nuclear arms.
Mr Putin said he hoped a permanent agreement on Tehran’s nuclear programme would be reached soon, a Kremlin spokesman said.
The disconnect between the nuclear talks on one hand and Iran’s support for terrorism, their missile delivery research, the repression of its people, etc.is of concern to Prof. They will have a great view of the missiles on display at the military exhibit; and, as in every year, the same target will be clearly spelled out on those missiles: “The Zionist entity”.