TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi confirmed that Iran and the P5+1 group agreed on Jan. 20 for the start of the implementation of Geneva deal, local media reported on Monday.
"Today, Iran and the P5+1 finalized an agreement on ways to take the first step to implement the Joint Plan of Action. The two sides reached a consensus," Araqchi was quoted as saying on Sunday.
He said the agreement was coordinated with Helga Schmid, deputy of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, after the latest expert-level meeting on implementing the Geneva nuclear deal which was concluded on Friday.
Once Iran begins to implement the Geneva deal, the P5+1 group ( United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) will begin to ease sanctions on Tehran, according to Press TV.
Within a six-month period, West will unblock access to 4.2 billion U.S. dollars in Iranian frozen oil revenues and, in return, Iran will oxidize and dilute its 20-percent enriched uranium stockpile.
According to the agreement, "from Jan. 20, the sale-level of Iran's oil to its customers will be maintained, they won't reduce the level of oil purchase from Iran, and the United States will not pressure them to reduce their current level of oil deals with the Islamic republic," Araqchi said according to state IRIB TV.
Iran is ready to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) to verify the implementation of the Geneva deal, he said, adding that delegations from the IAEA will be sent to Iran to prepare the ground for observing the implementation of the interim deal from Jan. 20.
About research and development projects in advanced centrifuges, which was one of the points of difference in the expert-level talks, he said that there is no limitation in the Geneva deal about R&D projects and the researches will be continued.
Araqch, a deputy for Iran's foreign minister, said that after implementing the interim deal, negotiations for a final deal with the aim of closing Iran's nuclear dossier will begin.
In November, Iran and the P5+1 group reached an interim agreement whereby Iran would freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited ease of sanctions which had hurt its economy.
TEHRAN/BRUSSELS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran and the so-called P5+1 group agreed on Sunday to start implementing the earlier inked interim deal on the former's nuclear program on Jan. 20. However, the tough road ahead leaves no room for complacency.
The agreement on the date was reached after coordination between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. Full story