Kerry Warns: U.S. Ready to End Iran Nuke Talks if 'Tough Decisions Aren't Made'

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses as he delivers a statement on the Iran talks in Vienna, Austria, July 9, 2015. Credit: Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program will continue because he believes that the sides are nearing an agreement.

Kerry went on to warn the Iranian leadership, saying, "This is not open ended. If tough decisions don't get made we are ready to call an end to this process."

The secretary of state said that the Iranians would have to make difficult decisions "very soon." He also said that the United States "will not rush and we will not be rushed. All we are focused on is the quality of the agreement."

The intensive talks in Vienna were continuing Thursday, two days after another deadline for a deal was missed. According to reports in the Iranian media, the sides have closed many of their gaps and put together most of the draft agreement. Western diplomats said, however, that gaps remain on technical issues as well as matters which require decisions made by the political echelons.

The next deadline set for the talks is midnight, as the sides are hoping to reach an agreement by July 10, at which point a congressional clause will go into effect according to which American lawmakers will have 60 days to dissect the agreement, rather than 30.

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