Iran nuclear deal to take effect on Jan 20

January 02, 2014 - 5:33:42 am

A voter holds a flag outside the Iranian consulate in central London 

TEHRAN: Experts from Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers have chosen January 20 to begin implementing the Geneva deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, IRNA news agency said yesterday.

“One of the main proposals is to begin applying the agreement from January 20,” the agency cited Hamid Baeedinejad as saying.

“There is agreement in principle on this date, which has yet to be approved by the politicians,” he said. Baeedinejad, who heads the Iranian delegation of experts, had already been reported on Tuesday by the ISNA news agency as saying the deal should be implemented in late January.

Experts from Iran and the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany — have been holding technical talks on implementing an agreement reached November 24 on Iran’s controversial nuclear ambitions.

The interim deal requires that Iran freeze or curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for some sanctions relief while the two sides try to reach a comprehensive agreement.

On Tuesday, Tehran’s lead negotiator Abbas Araqchi reported “good progress” in the technical talks. AFP

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