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Iran to implement JCPOA in couple of weeks: Top Diplomat

20 October 2015 6:04


A senior Iranian official says Iran will hopefully implement the agreement with the P5+1 countries on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in “a couple of weeks”.

On Monday, Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said Iran is expected to fulfill its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in “a couple of weeks perhaps, or some weeks.”

The Iranian official made the remarks after a joint commission comprising representatives from Iran and the P5+1 convened in the Austrian capital Vienna to discuss the implementation of the nuclear agreement that was reached in July.

“Hopefully before the end of this year certainly we would have the implementation day,” he added.

He further noted that the first joint meeting was held in a good atmosphere, adding that all participants in the session confirmed their commitment to the JCPOA.

Referring to issues surrounding the Arak heavy-water reactor, Araqchi said that experts are working on an official document that needs to be signed before work on the reactor can begin.

Araqchi also said that Iran has had discussions with certain countries about selling its enriched uranium rather that diluting it.

“Instead of diluting, we can do the business and receive natural uranium in return for selling our enriched uranium,” he stated.

Araqchi further noted that the second meeting of Iran and the P5+1 will be probably held in the second half of November.

Araqchi’s remarks came a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced in a joint statement that the EU had “adopted the legislative framework for the lifting of all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions against Iran.” Sunday marked the “adoption day” of the JCPOA.

On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – finalized the text of the JCPOA in the Austrian capital.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic related to its nuclear program.

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