Iran Talks Cut Short- Kerry Breaks His Leg
Seems like a hint. The “intense” nuclear talks with Iran had to be cut short when Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg while riding a bicycle this weekend near Geneva, Switzerland. He was also scheduled for a 4 nation trip that included Spain and France, which had to be cancelled. He flew home to Boston for treatment. Oops.
Officials stated that he hit a curb with his bike and crashed, breaking his right femur. His motorcade, a doctor, and paramedics were on scene. Scionzier, France near the Swiss border is where the incident took place.
The Nuke talks
The nuclear talks with Iran have been described lately as “intense,” as Kerry and Zarif have been trying to hammer out the deal which is due at the end of June.
Iran continues to rebuff the western demand for site inspections.
Yahoo news wrote:
With a deadline a month away, a senior Iranian negotiator said the Geneva talks between Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif failed to bridge the differences between Tehran and world powers.
“The differences are still there,” Abbas Araghchi, deputy head of Iran’s negotiating team, said at the end of the meeting.
The main sticking points
Though talks were scheduled to resume on Monday, they will now have to be postponed. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and Kerry held a 6 hour session at a Geneva hotel on Saturday in an attempt to make the deal work. But Iran is not budging on the site inspection part- their Ayatollah has made it clear he doesn’t want the IAEA poking around.
The Ayatollah also doesn’t want UN inspectors talking to Iranian scientists. Western countries want the ability to interview their scientists to determine what is really going on at the sites. They are not willing to compromise.
Iran also wants an accelerated lifting of the sanctions- something US negotiators realize might stymie congressional reaction to the nuclear deal, as well as the acceptance of other nations.
And Kerry breaks his leg as the talks heat up and time is running out.
“For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horseshoe nail.” Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790