Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.
We've moved! Come join us at our new show page.
Talks with Iran over its nuclear program stumbled at the 11th hour this weekend, after diplomats taking part had hinted a deal was close.
Days earlier, Iran's foreign minister said a framework was in the works. Two U.S. administration officials told CNN that under the potential deal, Iran would halt enriching uranium to 20%, one step below weapons grade, and refuse to open a heavy water reactor, a second path to a bomb.
So what happened? Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Iran.
"There was unity, but Iran couldn't take it. At that particular moment, they weren't able to accept that particular agreement," Kerry said Monday.
But Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif fired back, blaming the West, particularly France, in a tweet that read, "Mr.Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half of US draft Thursday night? (A)nd publicly commented against it Friday morning?"
Kerry will brief Capitol Hill Wednesday on the talks. He said "gaps" remain between the West and Iran, though British Foreign Secretary William Hague described those gaps as "very narrow."
Iran experts Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Danielle Pletka with the American Enterprise Institute discuss just how narrow those gaps may be, and how a seemingly impending deal fell apart.
Notify me of new comments via email.
The Lead with Jake Tapper draws not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seeks to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests. Compelling headlines come from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, sports to popular culture, based on news drivers of the day.
The Lead with Jake Tapper airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.
Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.
Join 134 other followers