|U.S. denies secret agreement with Iran||
TEHRAN – The Obama administration has denied claims that the interim deal reached between Iran and the world powers included a secret side deal.
The deal is due to come into force on January 20.
“Let me be very clear there’s no secret agreement here. The documentation associated with the implementation agreements tracks completely with what we’ve described, which are technical plans submitted to the IAEA,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters in her daily briefing on Tuesday.
She added that the terms of the agreement would be released to Congress once Washington had consulted with its partners in the talks.
“As you know, this is not solely a U.S. process. These understandings were reached with our P5+1 partners, with the EU, the IAEA, and Iran. We will make the text available to Congress and the public, but we must work with the parties on when and in what format the information will be released, and we hope to do that very soon,” Harf said.
“But let me be very clear there is nothing secret here … nobody is trying to hide the ball here. We’re just working with our partners on getting that released.”
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country. The deal is designed to work out a comprehensive deal.
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