U.S. says Iran has right to peaceful nuclear program

A final accord with Iran would give the country the right to a peaceful nuclear program, the White House said on Tuesday.

Jay Carney, the press secretary for the White House, made the remarks on Tuesday during his daily press briefing. Carney responded to a question about recent reports that the interim agreement allows Iran to enrich nuclear material. He said that if Iran complies with the terms of a preliminary agreement, it would have the right to a peaceful nuclear program.

"I think if you read the agreement, it's clear what it does and does not do," Carney said. "What the president said and others is that Iran has the right to a peaceful nuclear program. The negotiations over the next six months, if Iran complies with the preliminary agreement, will address a whole host of issues."

Carney said President Obama made it clear that he is committed to the principle that Iran must not be able to acquire a nuclear weapon. He said Iran must commit to its international obligations in a transparent and verifiable way if there will be a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the P5+1.

Carney also reiterated that the passage of new sanctions by Congress could potentially undermine negotiations with Iran.

"Our belief is that if sanctions were passed now, even with a delayed trigger, that it would undermine the core sanctions regime and would potentially undermine the negotiations, which, if you want to resolve this peacefully, we need to test whether or not Tehran is willing to do what it takes and to make the commitments necessary to resolve this peacefully," Carney said. "And the only way we can do that is through diplomacy."

Carney would not comment on whether Obama would veto additional sanctions legislation if it passed through Congress.