Deadline finally set for Iran nuke agreement

2014-01-13 10:47
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini, AFP)

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini, AFP)

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Tehran - Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear programme to daily inspection by international experts starting 20 January, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said.

In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the financial sanctions that have been crippling its economy.

The announcement that Iran and six world powers had agreed on the plan for implementing an interim agreement came first from Iranian officials and was later confirmed elsewhere. Some US lawmakers have been leery of the agreement, calling for tougher sanctions against Iran, rather than any loosening of controls.

Iran's official IRNA news agency on Sunday quoted Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi as saying the deal, which sets the terms of a landmark agreement reached in November, would take effect from 20 January.

IRNA said Iran will grant the United Nations' watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency access to its nuclear facilities and its centrifuge production lines to confirm it is complying with terms of the deal.

Araghchi later told state television that some $4.2bn in seized oil revenue would be released under the deal. Senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration put the total relief figure at $7bn.

In a statement, Obama welcomed the deal, saying it "will advance our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon".

Sanctions eased

"I have no illusions about how hard it will be to achieve this objective, but for the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world, now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed", Obama said.

Under the November agreement, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5%, the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20% enriched uranium, which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material and to neutralise its 20% stockpile over the six months.

In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for six months. During that time, the so-called P5+1 world powers would continue negotiations with Iran on a permanent deal.

The West fears Iran's nuclear programme could allow it to build a nuclear bomb. Iran says its programme is for peaceful purposes, such as medical research and power generation.

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that under the terms of the deal, Iran will guarantee that it won't try to attain nuclear arms "under any circumstance". However, Araghchi stressed Iran could resume production of 20% uranium in "one day" if it chose.

The senior US officials said UN inspectors would have daily access to Iranian nuclear sites and would make monthly reports. Iran will dilute half of its nuclear material during the first three months of the agreement, the officials said, and all of it by the end of the agreement.

In exchange, Iran would have access to parts for its civilian aviation and automotive industries. Iran also would be allowed to import and export gold, as well as export petrochemicals, the officials said. The deal also gives Iran access to international humanitarian and medical supplies, though Iran still could not use US banks and the majority of sanctions would remain in place, they said.

The senior US officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the specific terms of the agreement were not released publicly.

European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton praised the deal in a statement, saying "the foundations for a coherent, robust and smooth implementation have been laid". German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the deal "a decisive step forward which we can build on".

US Secretary of State John Kerry also welcomed the deal in a statement, saying further negotiations "represent the best chance we have to resolve this critical national security issue peacefully, and durably".



- AP
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