Iran has been given six months for a "comprehensive solution" to its nuclear ambitions, and the deadline is 20 Jul 2014.
United States President Barak Obama announced on 12 Jan 2014 that the clock would start ticking on Jan 20. The talks in Nov 2013 between Iran and the P+5 nations -- the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany, yielded what has been described as a groundbreaking deal. Iran agreed to stop enriching uranium close to the level required for a nuclear weapon and would begin reducing its nuclear stockpile in exchange for a loosening of economic sanctions. Continuing talks led to the new six-month countdown. The deal puts Saudi Arabia and Israel on the same side. Both see Iran's apparent interest in the agreement as its means of foot-dragging, with no possibility of ending the country's supposed nuclear-weapons ambitions.
Date written/update: 2014-02-15