Obama called the French President, Francois Hollande, a day after he spoke with the British Prime Minister, David Cameroon. "While an agreement was not reached on this first phase that we've talked about, it is evident that the comprehensive set of sanctions that have been implemented, coupled with the efforts to isolate Tehran that we have pursued, have had a dramatic effect on the Iranian government's view of its dilemma here," Carney said. (Agencies)
"The United States and France are in full agreement regarding the P5+1's unified proposal to Iran and the approach to negotiations.
They consider the P5+1 proposal to be a sound step toward assuring the international community that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful," the White House said after the Obama-Hollande conversation.
Later, White House Press secretary Jay Carney said it remains absolutely the case that the P5-plus-1 presented a unified proposal, which was not accepted by Iran.
"It is also true that the negotiations in Geneva were serious and that progress was made," he said.
"They are engaging in serious negotiations about how they can verifiably comply with international obligations, in a way that allows the P5-plus-1 and all of our allies and partners, in every country in the region and world, to be confident that Iran cannot and will not obtain a nuclear weapon.
That is the goal. And it is the right goal," he said in response to a question. Carney said Obama has taken no option off the table, but it is absolutely his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief to pursue the possibility of preventing Iran from achieving or acquiring a nuclear weapon through a peaceful negotiation as opposed to the alternative.
"The alternative remains on the table, but it is far preferable, if possible, to achieve an agreement that is verifiable, transparent, and the product of concrete steps with Iran. And that is what we are pursuing," Carney said.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, at another news conference said American people justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and this agreement, if achieved, has the potential to do that.
"We have an agreement among the P5+1, an agreement to halt the progress of the Iranian nuclear program and roll it back. But as they consider next steps, this is not a vote for or against sanctions, which he has supported in the past; this is a vote for or against diplomacy," she said.
Meanwhile, a top US official said yesterday that the Israeli objections to the Iranian nuclear deal were premature and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should hold off his criticism to the proposed agreement between Tehran and the P5 plus one group.
"The deal, if it is reached, will be for this first phase, and then there will be time and space to negotiate the comprehensive solution so that we all can be fully satisfied that Iran in the future will not have the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon," National Security Advisor, Susan Rice said.
"I think it's important that everybody understand what the deal is that needs to be reached, and then they can make a judgement on its contours," she told a Washington audience.
"Well, it's not done, so by definition it's premature to judge it because the outlines have yet to be finalized," she said in response to a question.
"We of course have said that no deal is better than a bad deal. Any deal that we accept is going to be one that we have confidence, is in our interests and that of our allies.
"Beyond that, it gives us clarity and confidence that the Iranians cannot make any progress, and indeed will see their programme rolled back while negotiations continue, and that the relief that they get is very limited, is wholly reversible," she asserted.
"If, at any point along the way, they are not meeting their obligations, not only would that relief end, but we would be far better positioned internationally to ramp up the pressure and have additional sanctions, not just on a national basis but potentially on a multilateral basis," Rice said.
Refuting that there was any difference with France on this issue, Rice said the two countries are on board. "The French are fully on board, so some of the reporting on this has been, frankly, rather misleading," she said.
Rice said Israel and the United States and all of their allies and partners have the same goal, which is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
"And our strong view is, if we can achieve that through a peaceful negotiated settlement, that's what American people want, and I think that's what the people of the region and around the world should want.
"We would hope and expect that in that context, that all of our friends and partners would see the merits of this kind of outcome," she said.
"The Saudis and we have been in very close communication. We have had dialogue here in Washington, dialogue in Riyadh. Secretary Kerry was just out there last week. And we are constantly working with them on a whole range of issues," she said.
Obama called the French President, Francois Hollande, a day after he spoke with the British Prime Minister, David Cameroon.
"While an agreement was not reached on this first phase that we've talked about, it is evident that the comprehensive set of sanctions that have been implemented, coupled with the efforts to isolate Tehran that we have pursued, have had a dramatic effect on the Iranian government's view of its dilemma here," Carney said.