Time to make ‘hard decisions’ in Iran nuclear talks – Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is time to make ‘hard decisions’ in nuclear talks with Iran and says he will discuss sticking points with European partners in London.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 21, 2015) (REUTERS) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday (March 21) talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear program have made “genuine progress” and it was time to make “hard decisions” to reach a framework accord.

“We have not yet reached the finish line but make no mistake we have the opportunity to try to get this right,” Kerry said, “It is a matter of political will and tough decision making and we must all choose wisely in the days ahead,” he added.

He said he would meet his European counterparts in London later on Saturday (March 21) to discuss how to resolve remaining issues with Iran and would return to Lausanne next week.

“We have made genuine progress, we have all kept the commitments that we made in the joint plan and we have all lived up to our obligations. We have worked long and hard to achieve a comprehensive agreement that resolves international concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme,” he said.

Talks between the United States and Iran on curbing Tehran’s nuclear programme broke up on Friday (March 20) and will resume on Thursday (March 26) in Switzerland.

Iran and six major world powers, including the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, are hoping to strike a framework accord with Iran by the end of the month, with a final deal at the end of June.

“I want to emphasise from the beginning and I have said this in every public statement I have ever made. This is and remains a P5+1 negotiation with Iran and I emphasise, we are united in our goal, our approach, our resolve and our determination to ensure that Iran’s programme is entirely peaceful,” Kerry said.