(VIENNA) -- According to diplomats, Iran and the P5+1 nations have reached an agreement on lifting sanctions against Iran as part of a larger nuclear deal.
The deal was approved by experts on both sides, though a senior administration official says that "there will remain some open issues that can only be decided by ministers." One of those issues may be determining when the sanctions would be lifted.
The nations have been working on a possible nuclear deal for months, with President Obama saying earlier this week that he was hopeful an agreement could be reached.
"There's still some hard negotiations to take place," Obama said, "but ultimately it's going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements that the international community has set forth."
Obama also said that he would be willing to walk away from a deal if Iran did not agree to conditions that would block the nation's path to a nuclear weapon.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted a YouTube video on Friday saying that the two sides "have never been closer to a lasting outcome," but that the P5+1 nations must choose between "agreement or coercion."
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