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White House: We Might Keep Negotiating Some Details After Final Iran Agreement Is Reached

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks about next year's budget bill in an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rouhani said Sunday that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief. The proposed budget covers Iran's fiscal year that starts March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

The White House is confident that a final nuclear deal with Iran will be reached in the closing days before the June 30 deadline, but acknowledged that some details might still be worked out after the final deal is reached.

When asked if negotiations would continue after the final agreement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, “We will keep our diplomats employed.”

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks about next year's budget bill in an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rouhani said Sunday that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief.  The proposed budget covers Iran's fiscal year that starts March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam) Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an open session of parliament in Tehran, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

Pressed on the matter, Earnest said: “We are mindful of what deadlines look like. We’ve been negotiating with Iran for about two years now. Now is the time for us to reach an agreement.”

A preliminary agreement was reached in April between Iran and a U.S.-led coalition of France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany. The deal would essentially bar Iran from building nuclear weapons but allow the country to continue to enrich uranium for energy purposes.

“This is an effort to reach a final agreement,” Earnest said. “Yes, this will be a final agreement. There is no reason we shouldn’t be able to begin to accomplish the goal that both sides set out to achieve, that the United States and our P5+1 partners shutting down every path that Iran has to a nuclear weapon.

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