The boys who cried wolf?
Two diplomats in Vienna have told The Associated Press that on Monday they plan to announce that a nuclear deal has been reached with Iran.
The diplomats said late Sunday the announce will say “a historic deal” was reached to restrain Iran’s nuclear development program in exchange for sanctions relief.
However, “final details” are still being worked out, they added.
“We are working hard, but a deal tonight (Sunday) is simply logistically impossible,” the unnamed senior Iranian official told AP. The U.S. official alongside would not comment on exactly when Monday the announcement would be made, but cautioned, “Major issues remain to be resolved.”
It is also important to note that lawmakers in Tehran and each of the capitals in the six nations involved in the talks must also still review the agreement before it can be finalized.
In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani has just signed into law a measure that bans spot inspections and access by foreign or unauthorized individuals to military sites. That law, which affects United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, automatically scotches the requirements that — at least until this weekend — were known to be red lines for the world powers negotiating with Iran.
The agreement is said to run approximately 100 pages long.