VIENNA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Nov. 24 deadline for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program will not be extended, U.S. officials in Vienna said.
"We are still focused...on Nov. 24th, and getting an agreement by the 24th. We are all keeping the pressure on ourselves. This includes Iran," said a senior U.S. official while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and European Union Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton. The Vienna talks are meant to create a draft of a final agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lessening Western economic sanctions.
Both the United States and Iran have hinted their aid to Iraq in fighting the Islamic State could be coordinated if an agreement on Iran's nuclear ambitions can be finalized.
Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator, has said suspension of sanctions would occur early in any negotiated deal, giving Western firms the opportunity to "flood into Iran."