VIENNA -- Nuclear negotiations with Iran have gotten a bit messy.
First, Iran’s Foreign Minister was planning to return to Tehran for consultations. Now he’s staying.
Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to camp out in Paris while he was gone. Now he’s staying, too.
"Secretary Kerry has delayed his departure from Vienna, Austria in order to continue consultations with Foreign Minister Zarif, Baroness Ashton and the P5+1. We have not yet determined when we will depart, but will stay in Vienna overnight," Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Kerry has held three meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif since arriving on Thursday evening.
Is all this a sign of progress? Maybe yes, maybe no.
On one hand, high level talks continue.
On the other, Zarif has reportedly said while he has had good discussions, he has not received enough of a proposal to warrant bringing it back to Tehran.
Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking down to Monday’s deadline. By most accounts the parties remain deadlocked. And despite the flurry of diplomacy, the chances of a deal may not be any better.