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‘Gloomy’ outlook lingers over Iranian Nuke deal

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and others at an hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sunday, March 29, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. The US and Chinese officials met while in Switzerland for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

As the final hours approach this deal of monumental proportions, one has to ask themselves if we are going about it the right way.

It seems as if we are catering to those who wish to do us and the rest of the world wrong vs. them [Iran] catering to the world.

It seems as though the Iranians hold the power in this court and that we are making a deal, any deal, which will temporarily keep nukes out of their hands and overall limit the sanctions imposed upon them.

It seems as if we are weak, weak in fortitude and conviction to do what is right. Obama has placed the Islamic people of the world into one of his ‘protected’ classes of global citizenry and we are making concessions to a people who view us as ‘The Great Satin.’

This administration will make a deal based on a compressed timeline which will throw that region into further turmoil.

This administration has justified the actions of a radical Islamic regime! They have shown the world that if you scream loud enough, we will, like a bad parent, cater to your every desire.

By Geoff Earle, New York Post

It was crunch time Monday in high-stakes international talks with Iran over its nuclear program, with tense negotiations just hours away from the deadline.

“There still remain some difficult issues,” Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the talks were being held.

“We are working very hard to work those through. We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow,” he added. “Everyone knows the meaning of tomorrow” — meaning the deadline.

His spokeswoman, Marie Harf, put the chances of a deal at 50- 50.

“There’s a chance we will get it done,” she said.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted a diplomat Monday saying the atmosphere had turned from optimism to “gloom.”

Seated around a large rectangular table at a hotel overlooking Lake Geneva were the top diplomats from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, plus Iran — which maintains its secretive and expansive nuclear program is peaceful.

In what could be a bad omen, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left for Moscow after meeting with his counterparts. But officials said he’d return if there was a deal to announce.

There were multiple sticking points on the framework for an agreement meant to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, while gradually lifting sanctions.

One lingering issue: how to handle Iran’s store of enriched uranium. Shipping it to Russia for reprocessing into fuel was one possible solution — but the White House on Monday knocked down a report that Iran had suddenly rejected a shipment deal.

“Unfortunately, some of the details in that story were not correct,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with the president.

“The idea that there had been an agreement that Iran backed away from in the last 24 hours is not true. In terms of what’s going to happen with that stockpile, that is something that our negotiators are working through.

“There was never an agreement on this issue yet,” Schultz added. “That’s still something being worked out.”

Either way, Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi said sending the stockpiles overseas was “not on Iran’s agenda.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to bash the negotiations Monday.

“The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression, and conversely, there is a reward for Iran’s aggression,” he said.

Diplomats are describing Tuesday as a hard deadline. But that doesn’t take an extension off the table completely.

“We will really have to see tactically and strategically what makes the most sense going forward,” Harf said.

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