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Iran complies with interim nuclear agreement: IAEA

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has complied with an interim agreement it reached with the P5+1 group of world powers on its nuclear program last November.

The IAEA issued a positive report on Monday hours after Iran and the P5+1 ended breathtaking negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, and agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action to July 1, 2015, in order to reach a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

The UN nuclear agency’s confidential report, obtained by Reuters, said Iran has lowered the stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas and taken other action as part of a series of moves agreed under the terms of the preliminary agreement.

Iran has always shown goodwill to clear any ambiguities about its nuclear program and the country’s nuclear facilities have been under constant IAEA supervision.

Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — held talks in Vienna over the past seven days to hammer out a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Under the Joint Plan of Action reached between the two sides in November 2013, a final comprehensive deal aims to give assurances that Tehran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful and, at the same time, lift all sanctions imposed against the Iranian nation over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Iran has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, including generating electricity and making radioisotopes for its cancer patients.

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