American-educated Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif

Iran nuke talks pass two-week mark, Monday deadline looms

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program blew past the two-week mark in Vienna on Saturday ahead of a new deadline for a deal, with the United States and Iran both threatening to walk away.

Despite hints of progress since U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traded accusations of backtracking on Thursday, diplomats said it remained unclear whether negotiators would be able to meet the Monday deadline, the fourth since talks began 15 days ago.

Kerry and Zarif met on Saturday with European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini and were conferring with other foreign ministers involved. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius are both in Vienna. British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond was expected later Saturday.

The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers have said they will come to Vienna if a deal appears close.


Is the goal for Iran to have THE BOMB before negotiations end?

  • Obama’s deal with Iran – give them the bomb – we pay them billions.

    Sounds like Obama’s madrassa education is paying off.

    • JoKeR
      • Observer

        Monday? What Monday?

        It is just delay after delay, week after week, month after month, year after year, just as happened under Bill Clinton with North Korea, until North Korea did its first nuclear weapons test.

        Most of the wealthy elite around the World want to do business with Iran, thinking they are insulated from the destruction Iran will put that money towards. Barack Hussein Obama supports Iran for ideological reasons.

  • Petey

    Reminds me of an old Time cover from (I’m guessing) the 1970’s. It was about SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) and Brezhnev is sitting on an ICBM, hammer in hand, in workman’s overalls, looking down at the US president of the time (Carter, maybe? I forget) with the caption “Mind if I work while we talk?”

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The fact that the Obama administration threatens to leave at any time proves they are not serious about the deals and this has more to do with sounding tough and not sounding too extreme in front of the American people. One has to wonder if America is even serious when it comes to the Iranian negotiations. What other choice does Iran have and the same goes with America other than to talk to Iran and put the inspectors. The fact is this sounds a lot like everything leading up to the war with Iraq. The US has no credibility anymore.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      The fact is the US government is living by the mentality of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when it could lie with impunity and the American people would believe them. Those days are long gone.

      • David

        Do you work for press tv?

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          War with Iran is the last thing the world needs and the US is fighting or is involved in 3 wars already. They don’t need to cause more problems in the Middle East. By all accounts, Iran is assisting the US in Northern Iraq. I think the US needs Iran at this point.

          • mobuyus

            War with iran is what is needed right now. The other day iranian flagged ship painted American vessels with a laser. Another act of war by you iranians that your puppet obama has failed to act on. Your advice to do nothing and everything will be alright will not fly. Maybe obama has surrendered to you but the rest of us are just waiting for the day obama is hanged for high treason. The American Air force hasn’t fought in a war since Vietnam, they are stationed at Diego Garcia and are chomping at the bit to bomb iran, they are hardly tired of any war. Military installations will be hit command and control will be hit, revolutionary guard will be hit and your nuclear installations will be hit. The end game will be regime change. The70% of iranians under the age of thirty who want western freedoms and not that gay religious theocracy will be able to bring iran back into the family of peaceful nations.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            Define peace. Define democracy. I see none of them from the US and its allies. They believe in oligarchy and imposing democracy. Remember the coup in Ukraine. To me, the US is an empire and it lives off of war. If Iran is threatened, just like Russia, the people will rush to the government and support the government the way Putin is supported at over 80%. The US people are sick of war, and these wars in the Middle East are not going to be won unless the US forms alliances will all partners in the region. Of course, they won’t do that. They want their cake and to eat it too. Obama is going to walk away at the last second. The US needs war with Iran to destabilize BRICS because of the power of the Eurasian Union, the Shanghai Cooperative Bank and the BRICS bank. They know without some way to get into a war with Russia or Iran or China they will collapse. Everything is about money. So much for peace because the US for much of the last 60 years has invaded 50+ nations.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            The US has created more chaos by the wars they start.

          • mobuyus

            WE got what we got and it is what it is and it is still the best system in the world.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            And yet you fail to see that Russia and China support Iran and want it resolved and Putin is supplying Iran. What do you think that means?! Do you honestly believe it would be a good idea?! I agree regime change is going to inevitably happen since the US has wanted that since 1979. They never wanted Iran to become an independent nation free from Western domination or influence and the West seeks nations under their thumbs. So, yes, the nuclear program is nothing but a charade. It doesn’t have to even exist. I already know the nuclear program is an excuse just like the invasion of Iraq and those excuses. They don’t have to be real. The nuclear program is merely scaring us into supporting war.

          • mobuyus

            I really don’t give a fuck about Russia and china. And it’s just not the USA that wants regime change, it also happens to be the position of the more rational of Iranians. War here is necessary whether it scares you or not. I knew someone that worked at the Nantes site as an engineer. His family had a lifestyle as my parents enjoyed,but were beggared under this religious theocracy that hijacked the iranian revolution.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            But doesn’t it seem rather hypocritical that the US set the laws and the rest of the world has to bow before the US. I want one set of laws for every nation, so all nations can achieve a state of equality and they can actually get along and be ran better for the betterment of humanity. I abhor authoritarianism since it is based on emotion and is irrational.

          • mobuyus

            You abhor authoritarianism you say, and yet you always throw up china Russia and iran as paragons of virtue. America doesn’t set international laws only disgruntled thugs, criminals and islamists believe this oh and iranians. You want thuggocracy and there are those that will resist this even if it means bombing iran back to the stone age. Now don’t go and get all emotional and irrational. Go home to iran, here you are nothing more than a Donkey on the grass.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            I live in Canada and what I want is what Gorbachev called independent nations, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall should have been enacted by all nations of the world. You mistake me for someone else. Am I in Iran, no?! Am I in Netherlands, no?! The fact is you don’t know anything about one of the many travelers that come on here. It is all just assuming.

          • Minicapt
        • Clausewitz

          No he works for RT.

  • JoKeR

    We know what Obama wants.