WASHINGTON - The US and Iranian foreign ministers last week discussed the importance of carrying out the November 24 Iran nuclear deal after Washington blacklisted 19 companies, people and vessels for dealing with Tehran, a US official said on Monday.
The US sanctions, imposed under existing US law, drew criticism from Iranian officials and raised questions about the November 24 agreement under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
"They discussed the importance of moving forward" on carrying out the agreement "and of maintaining a constructive atmosphere as the negotiations continue," the U.S. official said. "The conversation was focused on the way forward."
Under the Nov. 24 agreement, the United States committed not to impose new sanctions on Iran. U.S. officials said they had not violated the deal in blacklisting the companies, vessels and individuals under existing law and said their commitment under the deal referred to not imposing sanctions under new laws.
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