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Text: US Kerry Letter to Zarif Regarding Visa Waiver Reform

US Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif gave an assurance that Washington will remain committed to a July nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, after Iran voiced concern that new changes to a US Visa Waiver Program may stifle the deal.

In his letter to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry underscored Washington’s commitment to carrying out its undertakings and terminating the anti-Iran sanctions as soon as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) takes effect.

Realiran has obtained a copy of the original English language version of the letter

December 19, 2021

His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Tehran

Dear Mr. Minister:

Thanks for a constructive meeting yesterday. I wanted to get back to you in response to your inquiry about amendments to our Visa Waiver Program. First, I want to confirm to you that we remain fully committed to the sanctions lifting provided for under the JCPOA. We will adhere to the full measure of our commitments, per the agreement. Our team is working hard to be prepared and as soon as we reach implementation day we will lift appropriate sanctions.

I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our JCPOA commitments, and that we will implement them so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran. To this end, we have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation. I am happy to discuss this further and provide any additional clarification.

Secretary of State John Kerry

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