Careful reading of the articles reveals that these conclusions are based on the same hopes and dreams that have surfaced since the election of Iran’s President Rouhani.
The articles contain no new evidence of a deal and seem to ignore that lack of any announcement after the most recent meeting which was at the expert level.
The only information being presented in these articles is Western nations are asking for a “step by step deal” that puts the pressure for significant initial action squarely on Iran.
This has been the position of the the United States and other western powers for years and is not all that far from Iran’s consistent position of the last few years.
The major, and crucial, difference between the two sides is Iran has consistently said a step by step approach only works if the Western world is the first to act.
Usually they request all punitive sanctions be removed and explicit public acknowledgement by western nations that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.
Considering this “first step” would effectively remove the entirety of the Western world’s perceived leverage in the negotiations, the fact that the proposals seem similar has never led anyone to believe a deal was close.
That seems to changed. Analysts, the media and the entire world suddenly seem to have woken up to the idea that both sides seeking a ‘step by step deal’ is somehow a break through.
In short: don’t believe the hype.