(JNS.org) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday that a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 nations will likely not be announced Monday, and that talks would continue on Tuesday, marking the latest delay in the resolution of the negotiations.
But a deal announcement may still come soon, despite a statement by the White House that "some sticking points" remain "unresolved," among them the issue of a U.N. weapons embargo, reported Fox News.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani indicated progress by tweeting that "#IranDeal is the victory of diplomacy & mutual respect over the outdated paradigm of exclusion & coercion. And this is a good beginning."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the negotiations, though stressing that Israel has no intention to try to stop an agreement.
"We never committed ourselves to preventing an agreement, certainly not one that the major powers are ready to sign at any price. We did commit ourselves to prevent Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons—and indeed, were it not for our efforts over the years, Iran would already be able to develop atomic bombs," Netanyahu said at the Knesset on Monday.
"Even over the weekend, as Iran continued to receive more and more concessions at the negotiating table, Iranian President Rouhani led a march of hatred in the streets of Tehran in which the masses cried, 'Death to America! Death to Israel!'" he added. "If the concessions continued even after these unequivocal calls for the destruction of those conducting the negotiations, it seems that there are those who are ready to make an agreement at any price—and this bad agreement is unavoidable."