The West is facing a “make-or-break moment” to reach a deal with the Iranian regime regarding nuclear talks, German’s foreign minister said on Tuesday after two days of high-level negotiations in the Oman capital failed to reach a breakthrough.
Germany, the U.S. and four other world powers have spent years addressing concerns over the clerical regime’s nuclear ambitions. However, two days of tough talks ending on Monday failed to make major headway towards a final deal.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday that flexibility and “strength of leadership” on all sides are needed to seal a compromise.
Steinmeier says he is “convinced that the situation won’t come around again so soon.” He says he fears that simply extending negotiations “won’t bring the solution — not in the next two years.”
The appeal by Germany — part of a six-nation group in talks with Iran — underscores the growing pressure to reach a general pact before a self-imposed Nov. 24 deadline, The Washington Post reported.
U.S. officials failed to make major headway towards a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program on Monday as talks are set to expire in less than two weeks.
Concerns still remain about what Kerry described as “real gaps” between world powers and the Iranian regime.
U.S. State Department officials said it is clear there is still work to be done before any sort of compromise can be reached. Kerry did extend his stay in Oman by several hours with the hope of getting closer to a pact.
The State Department officials said Kerry plans to brief Obama and Rice about the discussions in Oman. “A lot will be determined there, in terms of next steps for us,” the second State Department official told reporters traveling with Kerry.
For years, the Iranian regime hid much of its nuclear activities.
Twelve years ago in August, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI ) disclosed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and the heavy water facility in Arak.
The NCRI’s revelations triggered – for the first time – the inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Security Council’s sanctions regime against Tehran.