The Obama-Iran Deal Finally Ends

Iran nuclear talks end with “final text”

Iran nuclear talks end with “final text”


The Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks took place in Vienna, Austria.Associated Press/Photo by Florian Schroetter, file

Talks between the United States, the European Union, and Iran ended in Vienna on Monday with a “final text” that key negotiators will take back to their governments. The agreement is the result of 16 months of on-and-off negotiations and a weekend of closed-door discussions.

Does that mean the deal will come back? EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell said that a final decision on whether the nonproliferation pact actually takes effect rests with the governments of Iran and the United States. The U.S. State Department said that it’s ready to sign any agreement to which Iran’s government will assent. That likely means the final decision on the fate of the deal rests with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in WORLD magazine about how Christians in Iranian prisons face persecution that the U.S. government can’t prevent.

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