Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), has condemned North Korea's nuclear test. "The announced nuclear test by DPRK, if confirmed, is a grave threat to international peace and security. I strongly urge DPRK to observe the moratorium on nuclear testing and join the 183 States Signatories who have signed the CTBT," he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are meeting in Vienna as nuclear talks appear to have entered the final stage. The meeting began at 1:52 p.m. local time, according to a senior U.S. State Department official. The fourth deadline for a long-term nuclear deal is set to expire at midnight.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says progress was made today in ongoing nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, but cautioned that "a couple of very difficult issues" remain. "The atmosphere is very constructive. We still have a couple of very difficult issues, and we’ll be sitting down to discuss those in the very near term," Kerry said in Vienna, where the talks are taking place. Earlier, the parties decided to extend the terms of the interim nuclear deal through Monday, marking the fourth extension, allowing more time for talks. [full quote attached]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a statement at 7 p.m. Vienna time (1700 GMT) to provide an update on the ongoing nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, a senior U.S. State Department official says, speaking on condition of anonymity. No announcement is expected to be made.
U.S. President Barack Obama held a video conference with Secretary of State John Kerry this afternoon to review the progress of nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, the White House says. "[The president] provided guidance related to our ongoing efforts to achieve a good deal between the P5+1 and Iran that meets our requirements," the White House added. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and other members of the U.S. negotiating team also participated in the video conference.
World powers and Iran have agreed to extend the terms of the interim nuclear deal by three days until Friday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says in a statement, allowing more time for negotiations. "We've made substantial progress in every area, but this work is highly technical and high stakes for all of the countries involved," Harf said. "We're frankly more concerned about the quality of the deal than we are about the clock, though we also know that difficult decisions won't get any easier with time - that is why we are continuing to negotiate." [full statement attached]
Nuclear talks between world powers and Iran will continue for at least the next couple of days, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says. "This does not mean we are extending our deadline. I told you one week ago more or less that we are interpreting our deadline in a flexible way," Mogherini said. World powers had initially set their deadline for a long-term nuclear deal at June 30, which was then extended to today, July 7. [full transcript attached]
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has chaired a meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from the E3+3+EU to discuss the status of nuclear talks with Iran, which are increasingly unlikely to result in a deal by Tuesday's extended deadline. "Chairing first E3+3 ministerial meeting to prepare a plenary," Mogherini said on her official Twitter account. The meeting began at 11:45 a.m. local time and ended at 12:39 p.m., according to a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are meeting for the fourth time today as 11th hour attempts continue to reach a nuclear deal by Tuesday's deadline, a senior U.S. State Department official says, providing an update on condition of anonymity. The meeting in Vienna began at 8:18 p.m. local time.