NSC officer: Iran missing deadline ‘drastically’ reduces chances for deal

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iran’s failure to meet a Nov. 24 deadline for a nuclear deal would “drastically” reduce the chances for an agreement, a top White House official said.

Philip Gordon, the Middle East counselor on the National Security Council, told JTA on Monday that gaps remain in the talks between Iran and the major powers.

“There are gaps because they are trying to preserve some things that we are simply not prepared to accommodate,” Gordon said, without elaborating. “It is not however impossible to close those gaps. What we are focused on is getting it done by Nov. 24th — anything after that dramatically reduces the chances for a deal.”