US House and Senate members reacted coolly Monday to an extension of international negotiations over US House and Senate with skeptical lawmakers demanding Congress "tighten the economic vice on Tehran" through new sanctions.
World powers and Iran struggled on Saturday to overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran`s atomic ambitions, raising the prospect of another extension to the high-stakes talks.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline to reach an agreement that will mark the closure of the 12-year-long deadlock on Iran`s nuclear programme is not being discussed instead the talks will focus on "driving towards" the outline of a deal.
World powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme are united in their search for an agreement and are not discussing an extension of the deadline, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Moscow on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as Iran and world powers seek to reach a deal on nuclear talks.
US Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken has told lawmakers that it will be "difficult" for Washington and other powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran before next Monday, the deadline set for finalising the negotiations.
A final round of talks on Iran`s nuclear programme before a looming deadline hung in the balance on Thursday as Britain expressed pessimism a deal could be done in time and foreign ministers stayed away.
Iran and the US held one-on-one talks on Wednesday as a deadline loomed to reach a mammoth nuclear deal, seeking common ground on the two crucial remaining issues: uranium enrichment and sanctions relief.