White House says world powers are united in Iran talks

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov 1, 2013. The White House said on Tuesday that world powers are united in their effort to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran in
White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov 1, 2013. The White House said on Tuesday that world powers are united in their effort to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran in spite of signs of a split. -- PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House said on Tuesday that world powers are united in their effort to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran in spite of signs of a split.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States and its key allies were united in Geneva at a round of talks that ended on Saturday and that "we remain united." The Geneva talks broke up without a deal. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said afterward that France would not accept a "fool's game," an indication that Paris opposed the deal that was being negotiated.

Mr Carney said the United States is still working toward a deal. More talks are scheduled for later this month. He said any deal that is reached would be one that "absolutely meets our standards" that would be a verifiable way to ensure Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon.

"We need to pursue this. We need to see if Iran is serious," he said.