Diplomats converge to possibly finalize Iran nuclear deal

Story highlights

  • Official: Talks end for the night, will resume Saturday morning
  • Chinese, French, UK, US, Russian, Iran foreign ministers head to Geneva
  • Spokeswoman: Kerry going there "with the hope that an agreement will be reached"
  • There had been a disagreement over Iran's right to enrich uranium
Momentum appears to be building for a breakthrough deal on Iran's nuclear program, with top diplomats flocking to the site of ongoing talks.
Hours after a Western official said a deal could be reached "as soon as tonight," discussions ended Friday night, a senior U.S. State Department said. They are set to resume Saturday morning.
By that point, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague should both be in Geneva. They'll have company in the form of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who headed to the Swiss city Friday night according to an European Union diplomatic source, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, according to his ministry's website.
They all join Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as well as EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who have been the key players in the latest round of discussions.
Together, these diplomats represent all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany -- together known as the P5+1 -- which has been negotiating with Iran about their nuclear program.
The hastily rearranged plans indicate that these Geneva talks are continuing past their scheduled conclusion Friday, though the hopes clearly go beyond just talking.
After talking to Ashton and the U.S. negotiating team, Kerry "made the decision to travel here with the hope that an agreement will be reached," State Department spokeswoman Marie