(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Secretary of State John Kerry met in Geneva Monday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif amid reports that a deal was taking shape that might allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons in its final years.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, meanwhile, met separately with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear program, on technical details before joining the broader talks.
The Associated Press reported that a potential deal is taking shape in the talks, which began Friday, that would phase out restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment activities in the final years — potentially allowing it to build a nuclear weapon more quickly than the one-year timeframe U.S. officials were using as the benchmark for their negotiating strategy. The timeframe of the deal is under negotiation.
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