Officials Insist Deal Was a 'Near Miss'
After repeated comments on Monday declaring the collapse of a weekend deal with Iran entirely the fault of Iran, the Obama Administration is back-tracking significantly, not only conceding that Iran isn’t to blame, but insisting no one is.
“Fault is immaterial,” insisted State Dept spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who insisted the talks are simply a “complicated” issue that are going to take awhile to sort out.
Russia was also quick to dismiss the claims that Iran was to blame for the lack of a deal, saying there simply wasn’t a consensus. Reports from those familiar with the situation say France actually was the one that rejected the deal, and did so with an eye on a big arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
US officials are now describing the talks not as a failure but as a “near miss,” apparently hinging on disputes over wording, and they insist that a deal remains probable in the near future.
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