Obama: Chances of an Iran nuclear deal now lower than 50-50
If Iran's nuclear program were always and exclusively only for peaceful purposes, there would be no reason for the Iranians to resist complying with the bolded above so ferociously.Thu July 9, 2015
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama believes the chances of getting a nuclear agreement with Iran are now "below 50-50," according to a top Democratic senator who attended a closed-door meeting with the President Tuesday night. "He said in the course of the negotiations he's been more optimistic, less optimistic. And he said that the chances at this point are below 50-50," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Assistant Democratic Leader and a close ally of Obama's.
The comments lowering expectations for a deal curbing Iran's nuclear program come after negotiations on a final deal have already blown through two deadlines and seem likely to go past a third on Friday. Another lawmaker briefed on the negotiations explained to CNN that the administration has been taken aback by last-minute Iranian refusals to give ground on revealing the past military dimensions of the program and their insistence on lifting missile restrictions.