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US, Iran make progress on nuclear deal implementation

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“We will meet again to sort of solidify what we talked about today”, he said, adding that he and Zarif would resume discussions in NY on Friday on the sidelines of a signing ceremony at the United Nations for the Paris climate agreement. Kerry pointed out that it is necessary that “all the parties to that agreement get the benefits that they are supposed to get out of the agreement”. “So what we said to people was true”.

Iran received roughly $150 billion following the end of worldwide sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet in NY on Tuesday before Kerry flies to Saudi Arabia to join President Barack Obama at a summit with Gulf Arab leaders, department spokesman John Kirby said.

Neither of the top diplomats offered details. “Iran will definitely put pressure on the United States to pave the way for the cooperation of non-American banks with Iran….”

U.S. Department of State clarified that its foreign policy is committed to responsibilities regarding the nuclear deal; however, is confronted with the banking system’s demands for clarification on the extent of legitimacy of transactions with Iran, given that the country still has other sanctions imposed.

Iran’s concerns about its perceived lack of sanctions relief and Syria’s faltering political talks will be focal points for Secretary of State John Kerry when he sits down for talks Tuesday with his Iranian counterpart. “These limited sanctions are too weak to affect Iran’s behavior”, AIPAC said Monday of the new sanctions, which target an industrial group involved in manufacturing the missiles, the missile command of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, and companies providing support to Mahan Air, which is affiliated with the Guards Corps.

A day earlier, the head of Iran’s central bank, Valiollah Seif had accused the USA and the European Union of failing to honor the nuclear agreement by keeping Iran locked out of the global financial system.

The White House says the deal would prevent Iran from getting its hands on a nuclear weapon, although Iran has repeatedly insisted its nuclear program is meant exclusively for peaceful purposes.

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