A combination of photographs shows European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they wait for the begin of talks in Vienna (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader).
Robert Einhorn argues that with significant headway already made but major gaps remaining, it made good sense for the P5+1 countries and Iran to extend their talks for another four months. The United States and its partners can well afford to take the additional time, and the continuing impact of sanctions will ensure that Iran will continue to have incentive to reach a comprehensive agreement. The extension will allow the parties to step back, take stock, and reflect on the hard choices that will confront them in the months ahead.
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