Iran: Initial agreement reached to implement nuclear deal

Tehran’s envoy in Geneva said Iran and six world powers have reached an initial agreement to implement a deal on the nation's nuclear program, but the State Department said the announcement was premature.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that the two sides had resolved the remaining issues and the agreement would be taken back to the capitals of the countries involved, according to the Iran’s official IRNA News Agency.


But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Iran had jumped the gun and the agreement was not yet completed.

“At this point, the reports that everything has been finalized are incorrect in terms of the status of the talks as I understood it,” Psaki said. “The accurate description would be that they are ongoing, the negotiations are ongoing.”

Iran and the six countries — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — are trying to finalize the details of the interim nuclear agreement that was reached in November to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.

The six-month interim deal, which was struck to try to spark a more permanent agreement, cannot be implemented until the details are ironed out.