Obama casts distance from Iran and doubt on a nuclear deal

November 9, 2014 18:29


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WASHINGTON -- US President Barack Obama cast doubt on whether negotiators in Vienna will succeed in clinching a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program in a television interview aired on Sunday.

Praising Iran's performance under the eight-month old interim agreement, the Joint Plan of Action, which froze the crisis between Iran and world powers, Obama said the US seeks a "verifiable," lock-tight" deal that makes sure "they don't get a nuclear weapon."

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Muscat, Oman for those negotiations on Sunday, working toward a deadline terminating talks on November 24.

"We've now had significant negotiations," Obama said. "The question now is whether we're going to be able to close this final gap."

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