Geneva Nuclear Deal to Go into Effect on Jan. 20

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A breakthrough nuclear deal reached between Iran and the six major world powers in Geneva last November is set to take effect on January 20, an informed source announced on Sunday.

Geneva Nuclear Deal to Go into Effect on Jan. 20

A source privy to the Iranian negotiating team announced on Sunday that Iran and Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) have reached an agreement to start implementing the Geneva nuclear deal as early as January 20.

“The agreement has been made with the coordination between the capitals,” the source added.

Seyed Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs and one of the country’s top negotiators, will reportedly explain the recent agreement later in a press conference.

Araqchi had announced earlier that an agreed upon date for putting into practice the nuclear deal requires final agreement by the negotiating parties.

Araqchi and Deputy EU Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid concluded four rounds of talks in Geneva on Friday evening in order to resolve a couple of issues that had remained unresolved during earlier expert-level talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 and E3+3).

“In the past two days’ talks held in Geneva, we have not reached an agreement so far, but we have devised solutions to the points of disagreement. These solutions should be studied in the capitals, so that we would make the final decision on them,” Araqchi said on January 11.

“If the solutions are agreed by the capitals, the issue will be announced in a call that I’ll give Lady Schmid. Thereafter, the date for the start of the first step of the Geneva deal, on whose date the two sides have made proposals, will be finalized and after that, the first step will be taken,” he had noted.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) on November 24 signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program based on which the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran's decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities and to allow more inspection of its nuclear facilities.

The six-month duration specified in the agreement was meant to give negotiators time to reach a far more comprehensive accord.

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