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Iranian FM Javad Zarif and US Secy of State Kerry on the Fourth of July.

Western diplomats Saturday “leaked” to media that a “breakthrough” has taken place in talks with Iran over a deal to supervise and limit its nuclear program, but an agreement clearly is not in hand.

Iran denied that a partial agreement had been reached.


The presumed progress centered on future sanctions, but there were no indications that negotiators had hurdled the issues of development of advanced centrifuges and of lifting United Nations sanctions.

There also is no agreement on a mechanism or re-imposing sanctions if Iran does not live up to its end of the deal. The issue of having to renew sanctions could be one of the most controversial when Congress reviews a deal, if one is concluded.  The temporary agreement reached earlier this year would make renewal of sanctions a long and drawn-out process  that would take so long that it Iran might be able to produce a numeral weapon in the meantime.

Iran’s government-controlled Fars News Agency reported Saturday:

A source close to the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers underway in Vienna, Austria, rejected reports about partial agreement between Iran and the sextet, stressing that any final agreement with the world powers should include detailed solutions and mechanisms for resolving all issues.

Given the principle that ‘nothing will be agreed upon as long as there is agreement on everything’, the questions asking if there has been a specific agreement on a certain topic is basically wrong,’ the source who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the talks told FNA on Saturday.

The new deadline for concluding a deal is July 7, three days away, which means that nothing conclusive and reliable can be believed until a few hours before the deadline, if it not extended again.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated  the Fourth of July Saturday, as the Jewish reported here might happen, by meeting twice with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. Thank you,Mr Kerry for your tireless attempts to reach a decent deal with a very difficult counterpart. Everybody with any trace with integrity understands that you would love to spend the 4-th of July in a different setting. Regardless of the outcome of this diplomatic marathon,we respect your patriotism,devotion to your country and honor which you invest in the process. Happy 4-th of July ,Mr . Secretary and good luck with your endeavors.

  2. Look at the expression on Zarif's face. He is probably thinking; "Let this fool make an agreement, since I am an arab and a practitioner of taqiyya, Iran has no intention of living up to any agreement. But we will let Kerry think that he is somebody, and continue laughing behind his back."

  3. Now at last the both '…makers' can sit down and take it easy, start to talk less by eating not too salty good pork-meals and clean their throughts with some 'real waters of fires', as french Cognacs, english Whiskey with more, or just to swallow with russian made vodkas whom the Iranians love as most of all the infidels they plan to eliminate…

  4. Congratulations, Obama and Kerry, for completely caving in to all of the Iranians' demands, so that you can say that we are "in agreement", and you can save face for yourselves.

    They should have sent me to negotiate with them. I can go for days, without sleep or water…

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