In a first official reaction to the forming deal between Iran and the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, U.S. officials made it clear Tuesday that, while the reported agreement was a positive sign, it did not mean Washington intended to let up its pressure on the Islamic Republic over its continues nuclear program.
Referring to the reported IAEA-Iran deal, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “Obviously, we fully support IAEA efforts to try to resolve the outstanding issues,” adding that it was the Administration’s “understanding is that they are still working on the precise terms.”
However, Nuland made it clear that “the announcement of the deal is one thing, but the implementation is what we’re going to be looking for, for Iran to truly follow through and provide the access to all of the locations, the documents and the personnel that the IAEA requires in order to determine whether Iran’s program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.”
The State Department official added that the U.S. was “looking for Iran to demonstrate unequivocally that its program is peaceful. There are separate but linked tracks for doing that.”
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