Nov 24, 2014 4:31 AM
China holds out hope for Iran nuclear deal
The Associated Press
VIENNA (AP) Talks on Iran's nuclear program appeared likely to be extended beyond their midnight deadline Monday, but China's foreign minister said negotiators were still working on elements of a deal.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed Sunday to start discussion on continuing the talks past the target date. If that happens, the negotiations are likely to be adjourned to a future date.
But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said negotiators were still having "consultations" on a final agreement that meets both U.S. demands for strict curbs on Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's push for sanctions relief, suggesting that moves toward an immediate deal had not yet been abandoned.
Wang arrived Monday, joining the foreign ministers of the other countries negotiating with Iran the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and Germany.