U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were “getting to some real decisions” and voiced hope that a nuclear accord was within reach, after days of rancorous exchanges.
Diplomats cloistered in Vienna’s Palais Coburg for the past 16 days worked into the early hours on Sunday trying to bridge gaps over a United Nations embargo on arms sales and other issues that have made an agreement elusive. They’ve given themselves through July 13 to clinch a deal.
“I think we’re getting to some real decisions,” Kerry said after a late-night meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif. “So I will say – because we have a few tough things to do – I remain hopeful. Hopeful.”