World

Iran nuclear talks approach yet another deadline amid uncertainty

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, arrives at Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, arrives at Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • A tent a TV crew stands in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    A tent a TV crew stands in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tripods stand in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Tripods stand in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are lurching toward another deadline with diplomats reconvening amid uncertainty and vague pronouncements from participants.

As the talks entered a 13th day in Vienna Thursday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said his nation is preparing for a "post-sanctions" era, suggesting that a deal may be in sight to curb the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions.

At roughly the same time, the White House issued a brief statement saying President Barack Obama had conferred with the U.S. negotiating team and provided them with "guidance" on how to proceed.

The talks have been extended until Friday but the Obama administration must submit an agreement to Congress in the first few hours of Friday if it wants to avoid an extended legislative review.