|Iran nuclear deal close to implementation: U.S.||
TEHRAN – The deal recently reached between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program is close to being implemented, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Monday.
Asked where things stand with the Iranians and the implementation agreement on the nuclear deal, Marie Harf said in her daily briefing, “We have made good progress in our discussions about implementation. The last step in the process was folks coming back to capitals for the holidays to consult on a few issues. Hopefully we’ll have some upcoming travel either this week or hopefully very soon for our folks, for our team to head back for additional discussions. And hopefully we can finalize it soon. We’re very close; we just have to finalize some of the details.”
In reply to a question about Iran’s possible participation in the Geneva II peace conference on Syria, Harf said, “In terms of Iran’s participation, (U.S.) Secretary (of State John) Kerry reiterated our position that Iran would need to publicly accept the Geneva I communique in order to participate in the Geneva II conference. Again, no decision has been made on that. We’ll have some more details about his discussions and travel leading up to Geneva II coming shortly.”
Asked if the Saudis are in agreement to have the Iranians participate if they do recognize the principles of Geneva I, she said, “The Saudis are obviously a key part of this and they’re certainly in support of this process, the Geneva II process. Again, you’ll have to check with the Saudis in terms of where they stand on Iran’s participation. I don’t have more details to read out from their conversations beyond the fact that they talked about it generally.”
She also said, “Iran would need to publicly accept the Geneva I communique in order to be considered for participation, particularly at the ministerial level... There have been some talk out there that maybe they could participate at a lower level. I know there have been lots of rumors about that. Our view is, even at a lower level, Iran would need to demonstrate an interest and a willingness to play a constructive role in the process to even be considered to be a part of this.”
“Even to consider them at a lower level, we think they should demonstrate their willingness to play a more constructive role by doing it.”
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