Iran Discredits US Summary of Geneva N. Deal

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said the White House summary of the technical details of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and the six world powers could no way be a criterion for implementation of the accord.

Iran Discredits US Summary of Geneva N. Deal

On Thursday, the White House released a four-page summary of the deal reached between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) in Geneva last November.

“This statement (released by the White House) is by no means a criterion for evaluation or judgment about the way of putting the Geneva deal into practice,” Marziyeh Afkham said on Friday.

Tehran and the six major world powers had on November 24 signed a six-month deal on Iran’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.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Afkham dismissed the White House summary as a one-sided account of the Geneva deal, and added that the statement was “a unilateral and one-sided interpretation of the recent unofficial agreements reached between experts from Iran and the G5+1.”

The Geneva deal (also known as the Joint Plan of Action) is set to come into force on January 20, with the two sides gearing up to take balanced, proportional steps in a period of six months to pave the way for a final solution.

Based on the interim deal, 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 suspend its 20% enrichment for a period of six months.

Such relief would include suspension of some restrictions on trade in gold, precious metals and petrochemicals, and in the auto industry. The deal allows third-country purchases of Iranian oil to remain at current levels. Some $4.2 billion in oil revenues would be allowed to be transferred to Iran.

Some sanctions relief would start on the first day of the six-month agreement's implementation --January 20 -- and some will be withheld until its final day.

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