The Monitor's View In Iran-West nuclear talks, a new deadline is a lifeline

By not walking away from their talks after the Nov. 24 deadline, Iran and the US-led big powers indicate progress has been made amid a rising level of trust. That trust must be further built up to persuade each side's hardline critics that a deal is viable.


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In hard-core diplomacy, trust can sometimes show up in unexpected ways. That was certainly the case when Iran and six world powers decided to extend their negotiations beyond a Nov. 24 deadline. Neither side walked away from the talks, which focus on Iran’s nuclear program. And by setting a new deadline of July 1, 2015, they each acknowledge that enough progress – dare we say trust? – has been achieved to keep probing for more compromises and new ideas.