Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Friday downplayed expectations for the next round of negotiations with Iran, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend. The United States and its allies are seeking to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
“Nobody expects to resolve all differences in one meeting,” Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to pool reports. He said the U.S. its P5+1 allies are “incredibly unified” on sanctions.
“What we’ll need to see is what the Iranians are prepared to do,” Rhodes said. “The onus is on them to come in line with their international obligations.”
“We’ll be ready to reciprocate steps that they take, but again, we’ll want to see actions not just words,” Rhodes added.