|U.S. says committed to Iran nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – The United States is committed to an interim nuclear deal with Iran as negotiations on a final settlement of a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program are underway, the White House press secretary announced on Wednesday.
“The United States has committed to pause efforts to further reduce Iran’s crude oil sales for a six-month period under the Joint Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran,” Jay Carney stated.
The Joint Plan of Action refers to an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) which was clinched last November.
Under the deal, Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
“In return for this and other limited relief measures, Iran has committed to take steps that halt and in key respects roll back progress on its nuclear program,” secretary Carney said.
“The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran is complying with these commitments,” he added.
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