In addition, on the heels of a deal being announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, the top diplomat in France admitted that his delegation had held out in the beginning for firmer terms.
These reports now emerging indicated the team from the U.S. led by John Kerry the Secretary of State gradually lowered its requirements over a period of time the talks carried on as the delegation from Iran dug in.
One source who knows both former and current U.S. negotiators at these talks, claimed the Obama administration initially hoped to convince Iran to dismantle most of the nuclear infrastructure in the country when talks first started during the latter part of 2013. They were told however, that Iran categorically would not do that.
An international daily reported that a diplomat from Iran called the country’s program its moon shot, comparing it with the space program of the U.S. during the 1960s, equal to a symbol of pride and advancement.
After that, the U.S., reported the international daily, accepted any deal that would enable the Islamic Republic to continue its enrichment program for some uranium to make nuclear fuel, but turned its focus to extending the breakout time by Iran or the minimum time frame Iran would need to construct a nuclear weapon.
On Thursday, a framework for this agreement was finally announced following marathon negotiations in Switzerland that went two days beyond the scheduled deadline.
The agreement has dozens of different provisions. It would require Iran to effectively wind down and or suspend parts of the program that could be used to produce a nuclear weapon, in exchange for relief of the sweeping sanctions.
The agreement gives all sides – Iran, the U.S. and other world powers – the opportunity to continue working towards the final deal by June 30.
However, it appears not all of the Western powers completely agree with the deal reached. France’s Laurent Fabius the Foreign Minister said that his country had rejected the original deal as not being solid enough. He held out to get firmer conditions. However, he said that the delegation from Iran responded with threats to walk out on the talks.