|Iran has kept commitments under nuclear deal: Sherman||
TEHRAN – Iran has so far kept its commitments under an interim nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and major powers, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said in an interview with CNN on Monday.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement was designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
Tehran and the six major powers started talks on a comprehensive nuclear deal in Vienna on Tuesday.
“So far everyone, both Iran and all of the rest of us who provided some very limited, targeted sanctions relief have kept their commitments,” said Sherman, a lead negotiator for the United States on the Iran deal.
The Vienna talks “will build on that first step, because we don’t want it to be the only step,” She said.
“We go into this negotiation very clear eyed, very sober,” she said. “It’s going to be very tough.”
“What I care about is what Iran does much more than what Iran says,” she said, adding that any final deal will be contingent on Iran providing the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
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