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Obama: US, Iran have major differences

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Barack Obama delivering a message to the Iranian people on the eve of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, March 20, 2016.

US President Barack Obama says Washington continues to have profound differences with Iran despite a historic nuclear deal signed between Tehran and the P+1 group of countries.

Obama, who was delivering a message to the Iranian people on the eve of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, said the two countries can still work to expand people-to-people contacts.

Obama has delivered new year’s greetings to the Iranian people from the White House since his first year in office in 2009.

Obama said that although the nuclear deal was never intended to resolve all disputes between the United States and Iran, it nonetheless opened a new window of dialog.

Obama added that it will take time for the Iranian people to feel the full benefits of the nuclear deal.

The US president also hailed Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal and said Washington recognizes Tehran’s right to a nuclear energy program consistent with its nuclear obligations.

Under the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to restrict certain aspects of its nuclear energy activities in return for the removal of sanctions. 

On January 16, Iran and the P5+1 started to implement  the JCPOA deal that they had concluded in July 2015.

The P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia -- plus Germany.

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