Next round of Iran nuke talks July 2 as deadline nears

Nuclear talks with Iran will resume on July 2, according to Reuters

The news wire quoted Chinese official Wang Qun, who told reporters the next round of talks will be held at a political and not a technical level. 

"The next round will start from July 2," he said, adding that the two sides agreed on a "joint textual framework" for a deal, but provided no other details.

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"This is the progress we have made," he said. 

Senior diplomats from the P5+1, the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, France, China, met with their Iranian counterparts in Vienna, Austria this week in an effort to resolve differences over Iran’s nuclear program. 

The group hopes to strike a final deal by July 20, when the interim deal that has partially curbed Iran’s program expires. 

Extending the deadline is “a very hypothetical question,” a senior Obama administration official said earlier this week. 

“We are not having discussions now about an extension because, as I said, we are entirely focused on getting an agreement by July 20th,” the official said.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) told reporters at the Capitol this week that he doubts they can reach an agreement in time. 

“Personally, I am not optimistic that they will achieve an agreement by that date.”

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