John Kerry in Norway to discuss nuke deal with Iran FM
June 15, Oslo: United States Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian foreign minister in Norway on Wednesday to once again discuss Iran's complaints that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's landmark nuclear deal, reports said.
Kerry's meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Oslo came just a day after Iran's supreme leader accused the U.S. of not living up to its commitment to ease sanctions under the agreement that gave Iran the relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a brief statement after the 70-minute closed-door talks in a downtown Oslo hotel that the two discussed progress on the continuing implementation of the (nuclear deal), including issues related to banking and relief of nuclear-related sanctions.
U.S. officials say the sanctions have been eased and that Iran's complaints are due to foreign firms' wariness said that do business with the country for other reasons, including ballistic missile testing, support for Syria's government and anti-Israel groups, and poor banking regulations.
Toner added that Kerry and Zarif had also discussed Syria, in which Kerry stressed the urgency of Iran pressing the Syrian government to implement "full access for humanitarian aid and a nationwide Cessation of Hostilities."
In response, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that the U.S. was going out of its way to clarify what is now allowed. He said any "psychological remnants" hindering legal business with Iran are related to Iranian behavior.
Kirby would not discuss reports from Iran that U.S. aviation giant Boeing had signed a deal to sell planes to the country's main airline.
After meeting Zarif in Oslo, Kerry is to address a conflict resolution forum and then meet Norwegian officials before visiting an Arctic research station on Wednesday. He will then travel to Denmark and Greenland.
The Oslo Times International News Network