Twizzlers and String Cheese Fuel US Team in Iran Talks

As U.S. and Iranian nuclear talks drag on, Twizzlers fuel the negotiators.

ByJESSE KIRSCH
July 07, 2015, 5:06 PM
PHOTO: US negotiators on the Iran nuclear deal have been eating a lot of Twizzlers during the talks.
US negotiators on the Iran nuclear deal have been eating a lot of Twizzlers during the talks.
Getty Images

— -- Sweet.

The Iran nuclear talks may be dragging on in Vienna, but the U.S. team has a solution -- sugar and lots of it.

While there might be sticking points on a potential deal, U.S. negotiators can agree on one thing, their love of Twizzlers, string cheese and other goodies.

The 15-person U.S. delegation and their staff have, since June, scarfed down 10 pounds of strawberry Twizzlers, 30 pounds of mixed nuts and dried fruit, 20 pounds of string cheese and more than 200 Rice Krispies treats, a senior official said.

One U.S. negotiator estimated he’s traveled over 400,000 miles, the equivalent of circling the earth 16 times, since the negotiations began.

“There have been three trips to the hospital over the past 18 months for various reasons,” one senior administration official said. “Everyone has been sick at some point ... but that bears no relationship to our wonderful diet.”

There was no word as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry noshed on one of the twists himself.

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events