The negotations with Iran over its nuclear development policy are teetering:
World powers failed to reach an interim deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program after lengthy talks in Geneva despite days of encouraging signs from the White House that a deal was imminent.
Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top diplomat, said talks will resume on Nov. 20 in Geneva.
Ashton said there had been, “concrete progress but some differences remain,” BBC reports.
The news came as Secretary of State John Kerry was joined by foreign ministers from the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany to hold a series of meetings with each other and with Iran’s delegation, headed by Zarif.
France in particular objected to the proposed deal, questioning whether it would go far enough to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, AFP reported. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Iran’s continued operations at its Arak nuclear reactor and its enriched uranium stockpiles should be addressed to remove Iran from the path of developing the capability to build a nuclear weapon without detection
I think it’s refreshing that we’re not the bad guy in this. The French have taken up that role. I think that John Kerry is an idiot and anything with his fingerprints on it is automatically suspect. I also think that our policies with respect to foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, and Iran’s nuclear development program in particular have been wrong-headed—simultaneously too bellicose and unconvincing.
I’m struggling to form an opinion on the emerging deal with Iran. What do you think?