Diplomats: Provisional Iran deal to be ready Sunday, announced Monday

US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, center, meet with foreign ministers and representatives of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union during the current round of nuclear talks with Iran, being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015 (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, center, meet with foreign ministers and representatives of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union during the current round of nuclear talks with Iran, being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015 (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

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(SOURCE)  The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s developments as they unfold.

‘Major issues’ remain in talks — US official

“Major issues” must still be resolved in talks between world powers and Iran on a nuclear deal, a US official says following signs that an agreement may be close.

“We have never speculated about the timing of anything during these negotiations, and we’re certainly not going to start now — especially given the fact that major issues remain to be resolved in these talks,” the senior State Department official says.

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Deal to be announced Monday — diplomats

Diplomats say negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are expected to reach a provisional agreement Sunday on a historic deal that would curb the country’s atomic program in return for sanctions relief.

Two diplomats at the talks tell The Associated Press the envisioned accord will be sent to capitals for review and, barring last-minute objections, be announced on Monday.

The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly.

AP

All Iran sanctions to be lifted, report claims

A report on the semi-official Fars News Agency claims all sanctions against Iran will be lifted as part of a final deal with world powers — most of which will be eased “on day one,” while a number of restrictions will remain in place for “a limited and logical period of time.”

“In case the opposite side shows political will and the final agreement is signed, the text of the agreement will include the following points,” a source says.

“According to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, all sanctions against Iran are terminated and Iran will no more be recognized as a sanctioned nation. The JCPA only envisages a set of temporary restrictions that will be removed after a limited and logical period of time, as stated earlier by the Iranian Supreme Leader.”

“All economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran will be terminated for good on day one after the endorsement of the deal, again as the Iranian Supreme Leader has demanded.”

The deal also eases the arms embargo, the source says.

“Iran will no more be under any arms embargo, and according to a UN Security Council resolution that will be issued on the day when the deal is signed by the seven states, all arms embargos against Iran will be terminated, while its annex keeps some temporary restrictions on Iran for a limited period.”

Russian FM en route to Vienna

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is flying out to Vienna to take part in talks on Iran’s nuclear program, the foreign ministry says Sunday on Twitter.

“Sergei Lavrov is flying out to Vienna to take part in the talks of the ‘six’ international mediators and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program,” the ministry says in a tweet.

AFP

Iran diplomat says talks need ‘political will’

A historic nuclear deal between Iran and major powers is “within reach” but still requires “political will,” an Iranian diplomat warns Sunday amid signs talks in Vienna were nearing a conclusion.

“A deal is in reach. It only requires political will at this point,” the diplomat, Alireza Miryousefi, says on Twitter on a 16th day of negotiations.

AFP