Obama: Chances Of Nuke Deal ‘Less Than 50-50’

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President Barack Obama signaled a nuclear agreement with Iran is about a likely as a coin toss, amid ongoing negotiations in Vienna that have already bypassed several deadlines.

Obama spoke to Democratic lawmakers during a cocktail party at the White House Tuesday evening. Sen. Dick Durbin told Politico Obama’s statement on the status of discussions with Iran. “He said the chances, he thought, were less than 50-50 at this point and that he wouldn’t agree to something he thought was weak or unenforceable,” Durbin said.

But if an agreement is reached, Obama wants Congress “to take an honest look at it and not prejudge,” Durbin added. Obama assured party-goers that if a potential deal doesn’t meet standards, there won’t be one at all, Sen. Chris Murphy told Politico. (RELATED: Iran Tries To Wriggle Out Nuke Talks With A HASHTAG)

Western and Iranian officials disclosed Iran’s demand for the lifting of U.N. sanctions against its ballistic missile program was one of many issues delaying an agreement earlier this week.

Secretary of State John Kerry said discussions would continue past midnight on Thursday, the deadline set by Congress, according to The Guardian. If so, Congress will be allowed two months to review any agreement instead of one.

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