US-Saudi Arabia talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran’s ballistic missile programme, sanctions
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Saudi Arabia, US and Iran have reached an agreement on a nuclear deal that could allow Tehran to gradually phase out its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.
“It’s a significant step forward, a significant progress,” Kerry told reporters in Washington.
“The agreement, I think, is a good one,” he said, adding that the US had a “very good feeling” about the agreement.
The deal will allow Iran to take in some money from the US for certain humanitarian projects, such as food distribution, he said.
Kerry said that the deal will be implemented in the next six months and would also include a “thorough review” of sanctions.
The agreement “will not change anything in terms of our approach to Iran’s development of ballistic missiles”, he said – but added that “if there’s a need to lift sanctions, I will be able to do that”.
On Wednesday, Kerry said the deal was a “significant step forward” but he did not elaborate.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called the agreement a “historic and historic step forward”, but the US has not formally recognised it as a treaty.
The US and its allies say the deal could pave the way for the eventual lifting of the economic sanctions on Iran.
Saudi Arabia, US and Iran have reached an agreement on a nuclear deal that could allow Tehran to gradually phase…