The P5+1 countries led by the United States under Barack Obama have caved in to Iranian demands and will not insist on inspections of nuclear installations as part of a deal on Iran;s nuclear weapons program, Channel 1 reported Sunday.
The channel's Arab affairs correspondent reported that the June 30 – Tuesday night – deadline for the talks has been set back to an unspecified date but that the negotiations are good natured and the feeling is that the deal is nearly done.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was expected to fly to Tehran Sunday night for consultations on a final bargaining position.
Zarif’s departure followed a weekend of talks with foreign ministers from the UK, France, Germany and Russia who joined the talks over the weekend before returning to their capitals. The lead western negotiator, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, is expected to remain in Europe to await Zarif’s return.
Iranian officials suggested Zarif would only be away for 24 hours, but that would leave only a day to meet the 30 June deadline. Western officials said they were expecting to stay for at least a couple of days past that target date.