(JTA) – Iran nuclear talks have again been extended in order to allow negotiators time to reach a final deal.
The talks will be extended until July 10, Marie Harf, a U.S. State Department strategic expert attending the talks in Vienna, announced Tuesday.
The deadline originally had been extended from June 30 until Tuesday.
“We are taking these negotiations day to day,” Harf said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will remain in Vienna to continue the negotiations with Iran and the world powers, she said.
“This work is highly technical and high stakes for all of the countries involved. We’re frankly more concerned about the quality of the deal than we are about the clock, though we also know that difficult decisions won’t get any easier with time – that is why we are continuing to negotiate,” said Harf.
Frederica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief for the European Union, also acknowledged Tuesday that the negotiations would take a couple more days, saying that the talks have entered “a difficult and sensitive” phase.
A deal would exchange sanctions relief for guarantees that Iran is not advancing toward a nuclear weapon.
Israel objects to the emerging deal, saying its terms will leave Iran a nuclear threshold state and increase its ability to disrupt the region.