US warns Iran nuclear deadline may be missed

Lausanne (AFP) – The United States warned Tuesday that a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a deal aimed at stopping Iran obtaining nuclear weapons may be missed, saying marathon talks in Switzerland may stretch into Wednesday.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his third broadside against the deal in as many days, saying it will “pave the way” to an Iranian nuclear bomb.

A senior US State Department official said negotiators would “keep working… if we are continuing to make progress, including into tomorrow (Wednesday), if it’s useful to do so.”

“At this time, no decisions have been made about our travel schedule,” the official said, adding that the US delegation was evaluating the progress made so far.

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov returned to the negotiations in Switzerland, an Iranian negotiator said progress was being made, but “slowly”…