Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the White House’s vision of striking a nuclear deal with Iran could come crashing down at any point – that the chances for success currently stand about fifty-fifty.
“At this point, negotiations could go either way,” he said, various media reported in Vienna, the Hill said. “We have difficult issues to resolve.”
The narrative counters long-running mantras from the White House expressing much more confidence in reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. Just last April, for instance, President Obama announced the formation of a “historic” framework agreement with the rogue nation, vowing the final diplomatic deal with give rise to a safer world. That bravado has now turned more humble and the message emanating from Kerry, the key deal-maker for Obama’s nuclear visions, is one of uncertainty.
“If hard choices get made in the next couple of days and made quickly, we could get an agreement this week,” Kerry said, the Hill reported. “But if they are not made, we will not.”
His remarks come on the heels of criticisms from politicians in both parties who say the White House has conceded too much in the talks with Iran. They also come after numerous warnings from Israel that the deal being forged by the P5+1 – under the leadership of America – could compromise the Jewish state’s security and give Iran nuclear weapon capability within the decade.
The deadline for striking a deal has just been moved back for the second time in just a few months.
Among the sticking points: The fate of economic sanctions and the ability of atomic energy inspectors to have full access to Tehran’s nuclear sites.