Iranian nuclear talks process still precarious despite extension

Prospects for permanent agreement remain uncertain given gaps between parties and Republican opposition in US.

IRAN and the P5+1 nations (the United States, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Germany) agreed on Monday to an extension until end-June 2015 of their talks aimed at forging a comprehensive, final nuclear deal. This follows failure to reach what would be a landmark historical agreement before the previously self-imposed Nov 24, 2014 deadline.

In intense diplomatic dialogue in recent days in Vienna, progress was made and it is hoped that a broad framework agreement might be possible within three months so that final details can then be tackled. Thus, the talks remain alive, but prospects for a permanent agreement remain uncertain given the gaps that remain between the parties.


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