Negotiators from the U.S. and five other world powers working to craft framework of a deal with Iran to keep it from developing nuclear weapons have agreed to extend talks to July.
This will give negotiators time to reach a comprehensive solution.
This will also keep in place restraints on Iran's nuclear program — and the flow of some money toTehran - past today's deadline.
Despite recent statements from the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei indicating Iran could be backtracking from the "framework" agreement negotiated in Lausanne in April, the official said "the agreement will be based on the Lausanne parameters. Period. "
The White House echoed a similar hardline.
"If the Iranians refuse to agree to final agreement that's not consistent with framework there won't be an agreement," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday.
This article first appeared on NBCNews.com.