LAUSANNE: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he and his global counterparts were going to work deep into the night seeking to resolve the remaining “tricky issues” as a deadline loomed within hours.
“There still remain some difficult issues,” Kerry told a CNN reporter as he walked in his luxury lakeside hotel in the Swiss town of Lausanne.
“We are working very hard to work those through. We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow.”
A deadline for the framework of a deal expires at midnight on Tuesday and officials appealed to all parties to make a huge final effort.
“We’ve been negotiating since September of 2013,” said acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, referring to the first meeting between Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “and it’s sort of time to see whether they can make these decisions.”
With all eyes focused on Tuesday’s deadline, Harf said she could not predict what would happen if the outlines of a deal were not agreed in time.