Iran will continue to face restrictions on its missile program as well as its trade in conventional arms under an emerging nuclear agreement, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, hours after diplomats said that the talks between Tehran and world powers would continue past deadline until July 10.
The six major powers and Iran are still not where they need to be to achieve an agreement under which Iran would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions, the official added on condition of anonymity.
“There will be an ongoing restriction on arms (if there is a deal), just like there will be ongoing restrictions regarding missiles,” the official said. “It will be part of the (United Nations) Security Council resolution.”
Any deal concluded by Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China will include a draft Security Council resolution that terminates all UN sanctions but re-imposes some specific measures. That resolution will then be presented to the 15-nation council for official adoption.
The official also said that the U.S. did not plan to agree to an additional three to six month extension of talks.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said earlier Tuesday that Iran and major powers would continue negotiations “for the next couple of days,” but added: “This does not mean we are extending our deadline.”