An issue that began late in the last century might soon be resolved, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry. Iran’s nuclear program, which was started in the 1950s, has been feared by many to have the end goal of providing the troubled country with a nuclear weapon. Upon the realization of such fears in 1996, the United State and several other countries put crippling economic sanctions on Iran in order to prevent the nuclear program from reaching any end goals. Sanctions are still in place today, but Kerry is optimistic that an agreement could be reached later this week with Iran over the disputed nuclear program.
Negotiators face a July 7th deadline to settle the dispute. While Kerry is optimistic that a deal could be reached, he also warned that some of the most important issues were not where they needed to be in order to be solved. “If hard choices are made in the next couple of days and made quickly,” said Kerry, “we could get this agreement this week.” Kerry did say that, over the last couple of days, “genuine progress” has been made, but that, “if we don’t have a deal and there is absolute intransigence and unwillingness to move on the things that are important,” the US was prepared to walk away from the negotiations.
Contributor: Katie Campbell