WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran disagree on what sanctions relief, if any, might be provided if Iran takes steps to curtail its atomic program, and any easing would be proportionate to Iran's actions, the US State Department said on Wednesday.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also said the Obama administration has not yet decided whether to urge the US Congress to refrain from imposing additional sanctions on Iran - a request it made ahead of this week's talks on the issue.
"There remain differences (about) what sanctions relief might be appropriate," Psaki said at her daily briefing in Washington. "Anything we would do would be proportionate" to Iran's steps on curbing its nuclear program, she added.
As with a US official who briefed reporters in Geneva, Psaki struck a somewhat upbeat tone.
"We have never had detailed technical discussions at this level before," she said, adding that the Iranian delegation had laid out "what they might do as a first step, and also, what should be in a final step." She provided no details on these steps.
Psaki said technical experts from Iran and the major powers will meet before the Nov. 7-8 talks but did not say when or where.