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Josh Rogin

Real Deadline for Iran Deal Is July 9

The Obama administration builds in some wiggle room.
Splint to the finish.

Splint to the finish.

Photographer: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

The "real political deadline" for a final nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran is July 9, not the end of this month, according to Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden's national security adviser.

On June 22, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, "We are sticking to the deadline. The deadline is June 30." He also said, however, that "short-term adjustments may be required" after the deadline to complete an agreement. Kahl's comments are the first public acknowledgment that the U.S. team is allowing itself more than a week of wiggle room to get the deal done. Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington today to join negotiations in Vienna.