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Negotiators may ‘stop the clock’ to finish Iran deal

While the July 7 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks may not be met, officials still hope to have a deal by July 9 in order to avoid giving the US Congress a 60-day window to review the deal instead of a 30-day one.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign minister Philip Hammond (not seen), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EU Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service Helga Schmid, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Ja

VIENNA — Negotiators from Iran and six world powers may “stop the clock” for a day or two if they run up against a self-imposed July 7 deadline to conclude a final Iran nuclear deal, as diplomats said they had made significant progress here on the text and annexes of the accord, even while they still had important differences to overcome. 

“We have made good progress on almost all of the issues,” a senior Iranian negotiator said July 6. “But there are a few issues which … remain to be resolved. Probably those issues need to be resolved at the ministerial level.”

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