U.S. says there is laundry list of actions Iran could take to reduce sanctions

There are many possible actions Iran could take to show its seriousness about removing economic sanctions related to the country's nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about a statement made by Secretary of State John Kerry on allowing inspectors into Iran's Fordow facilities. She said Kerry was speaking about a few of the things Iran can do to demonstrate its seriousness.

"Well, (Secretary Kerry) was laying out a laundry list of possible actions the Iranians could take to show that they're serious about this process," Harf said. "He certainly wasn't listing an exhaustive list, and he was speaking off of the cuff a little bit about things the Iranians could do. There's a lot of things they could do to show that they're willing to take credible steps: opening up every facility - we'll broaden it to every facility - to (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors, to - if this is a peaceful program, there should be nothing to hide - doing additional things as well."

Harf said Kerry was making the point that Iran knows the concrete steps it needs to take to make progress diplomatically.

When asked about a potential power struggle going on Iran, Harf declined to speculate on hypothetical situations or internal Iranian politics. She did say, however, that Iran is showing some signs of improvement.

"We've said that President (Hassan) Rouhani was elected with a mandate to improve the economic lives of Iranians," Harf said. "He talked a lot about improving freedoms for Iranians in general that we've talked about for a long time. So we're waiting for him to live up to what he said in his campaign, and we do believe that there have been some positive signs coming out of the Iranian government. But we're not naive that there are challenges that remain, and we will keep working with our partners in the P5+1, and, indeed, meeting with the Iranians again in Geneva to talk about the path forward."