In a brief statement before reporters, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday touted diplomatic achievements of the past year, saying implementation of the Iran nuclear deal would come "sooner, rather than later", citing progress on talks to end Syria's civil war and asserting that the US is continually engaging China on limiting North Korea's access to nuclear arms.
"I've talked this morning to (Iranian) Foreign Minister Zarif, not only on the subject of the implementation, but also on the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but the foreign minister made it clear to me they intend to compete their obligations with respect to implementation day as rapidly as possible. And we are currently engaged, ourselves, in making certain that we are prepared to move on that day. And I think it could come - without being specific - sooner, rather than later," Kerry said.
"Now as implementation day approaches, obviously it's our task to continue to ensure that Iran lives up to its commitments while building on our own commitment, at the same time, to address the questions of Iran's activities - whether it's missile activities or other activities in the region. And we will continue to do that, I can assure you, as well as continue to press for the return of the Americans who have been unjustly detained," he added.