By Julian Pecquet - 11/12/13 02:35 PM EST
The Obama administration on Tuesday sought to clarify Secretary of State John Kerry's comments that appeared to blame Iran for stalled talks on that country's nuclear program.
A day after Kerry said Iran had walked away from the table, a spokesman for his agency said "fault is immaterial" to the talks.
Iran's top diplomat took umbrage at remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry implicitly faulting his country for turning down a deal in Geneva.
We were “unified on Saturday when we presented a proposal to the Iranians, and the French signed off on it, we signed off on it, and everybody agreed it was a fair proposal,” Kerry said. “There was unity, but Iran couldn't take it at that particular moment, they weren't able to accept that particular thing.”
“Mr. Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half of U.S. draft Thursday night? And publicly commented against it Friday morning?” Zarif tweeted Tuesday. “No amount of spinning can change what happened within P5+1 in Geneva from 6 P.M. Thursday to 5:45 P.M. Saturday. But it can further erode confidence.”
The Obama administration hopes to have another shot at a deal when talks resume on Nov. 20.
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