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Iran's nuclear deal with six major powers (P5+1) will come into force on January 20, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement on Sunday.
Ashton represents the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) as a chief negotiator in nuclear talks with Iran.
"We will ask the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to undertake the necessary nuclear-related monitoring and verification activities," she said.
Ashton also said that Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi and European Union deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid have found solutions to disagreements on how to implement the first measures of the November 24 agreement and it has been confirmed by all sides.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the implementation agreement, and said the US would give "modest relief" on Iranian sanctions as long as Iran lives up to its end of an agreement.
Obama said the agreement will help to “prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon and today's agreement was concrete progress."
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi told the reporters that once Iran begins to implement the Geneva deal, the six powers – five permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany – will begin to ease sanctions on Tehran.
“Today, Iran and the P1+5 finalized an agreement on ways to take the step to implement the Joint Plan of Action. The two sides reached a concensus,” said Araqchi.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who also released a statement, said the negotiations will be “very difficult but this agreement represents the best chance to resolve this issue peacefully.”
“We will be extraordinarily vigilant in our verification and monitoring of Iran’s actions, an effort that will be led by the International Atomic Energy Agency” said Kerry.
He said P5+1 partners and US will also take steps in response to Iran fulfilling its commitments, “to begin providing some limited and targeted relief.”
Under the Geneva deal, P5+1 countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no further nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same time frame.
Germany and UK Foreign Ministers welcome deal
German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier has welcomed the agreement reached between Iran and six major powers on Sunday to implement the key nuclear deal.
“This is a crucial step forward, which we can build on now,” Steinmeier said in a written statement on Sunday. “After many years and difficult negotiations, we have achieved for the first time an agreement on limiting Iranian nuclear program with concrete, transparent steps which can be verified in detail,” he stressed.
Steinmeier underlined that the positive outcome of negotiations with Iran has shown that the importance of negotiating with endurance and taking clear positions.
“Based on this outcome, we can now quickly move to the next stage, the crucial stage of negotiations with Iran on a final agreement,” German Foreign Minister said.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague also welcomed the interim agreement between Iran and world powers of freezing Iran's nuclear programme.
Following the agreement news, in a statement released from the Foreign Office (FCO) on Sunday Hague noted that he welcomed the fact that the P5+1 now reached an agreement with Iran "on implementing the first step of the Joint Plan of Action agreed at Geneva on 24 November 2013."
Reminding the date when Iran will begin to dismantle some of its nuclear programme, Hague said, "The entry into force of this agreement on 20 January is an important step towards peacefully resolving the Iranian nuclear issue, on which comprehensive negotiations will now start".Last Mod: 13 Ocak 2014, 10:03