Middle East

White House: phase-out of Iran sanctions still to be negotiated

Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, right, accompanied by White House Press secretary Josh Earnest, speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON: The White House said Monday that details about when and how quickly to lift sanctions on Iran had to be worked out in upcoming negotiations and noted the Obama administration opposed lifting the penalties on the day a potential pact goes into force.

"Details of the phase-out of the sanctions have not been agreed to," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

"It is the strong view of the administration that it would not be wise ... to simply take away sanctions on day one."





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