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Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation May Be 'Days Away'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and world powers may be "days away from implementation, if all goes well."

Kerry told reporters on January 7 that he had spoken by telephone with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The secretary of state quoted Zarif as saying the Iranians intend to satisfy their obligations “as rapidly as possible,” and said the United States was prepared to do likewise.

Kerry also hailed Iran for shipping its stock of low-enriched uranium to Russia, saying that step dramatically set back the Iranian nuclear program.

Under the nuclear deal reached with six world powers in July, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters