U.S. focused on upcoming P5+1 talks with Iran

Instead of focusing on diplomatic moves made by other countries in relation to Iran, the U.S. is focusing on the upcoming P5+1 talks, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Tuesday as part of a daily press briefing from Washington. When asked what the Obama administration thought about the British government sending back its embassy to Iran, Harf said the U.S. would not characterize the British move in any way. She said the U.S. was more concerned with the upcoming round of P5+1 talks and making progress toward deescalating the nuclear crisis in Iran.

"As you know, we don't have diplomatic relations with the government of Iran," Harf said. "What we're focused on right now is the upcoming round of P5+1 talks, trying to work towards a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis. And we've said that as this proceeds, if there are confidence-building measures that the Iranians are able to undertake, that we also will be in discussions about further confidence-building measures."

Harf declined to comment on the British move or any British discussions with Iran.