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US committed to Iran nuclear deal ‘through January 20th’


The United States says the outgoing administration of Democratic President Barack Obama will remain committed to a nuclear deal with Tehran until the end of the commander-in-chief’s tenure.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the announcement at a news briefing on Wednesday after the rival party’s Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, asserting that the US would remain committed to that deal as well as a Paris deal on Climate change.

The Obama administration has been engaged in negotiations with Iran along with other world powers, the UK, Russia, Germany, China and France.

Following the release of the Tuesday results, Iranian authorities called for the US commitment to the deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In his daily briefing, Earnest noted that “This administration will be committed to implementing those policies through January 20th, and we will live up to the commitments that we have made in each of those areas as we do so.”

GOP president-elect Donald Trump and Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, embrace during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

On January 20, 2017, the real estate mogul who has been a staunch opponent of the deal and a great denier of climate change, will begin his presidency.

Reacting to the US vote results, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic would make no changes to its policies in the wake of his victory.

Speaking during a visit to Romania on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that the Islamic Republic expects the US president-elect to honor the nuclear deal reached in July 2015.

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