Iran's FM Establishes Secretariat to Verify Implementation of Geneva Deal
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian foreign ministry has established a secretariat to verify whether a landmark nuclear deal struck between Tehran and the six major world powers is being implemented quite properly, a deputy foreign minister said Wednesday.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi announced on Wednesday that another function of the newly-established secretariat is to administer the affairs pertaining to the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal.
According to Araqchi, the ministerial secretariat is also tasked with improving coordination between different Iranian organizations which may play a role in putting the Geneva deal into practice.
“The ministry of foreign affairs has sent letters to eight organizations and ministries which are somehow linked to the Geneva deal, calling on them to set up units to pursue the affairs pertaining to the deal,” he explained.
According to Araqchi, the foreign ministry has also urged those Iranian organizations - including the Central Bank of Iran, oil ministry, ministry of industry, mine, and trade, ministry of economic affairs and finance, and ministry of roads and urban development - to introduce one of their high-profile managers as a “link” between the foreign ministry and their respective institutions.
Hamid Baeedinejad, the director general for political and international affairs at Iran’s foreign ministry, presides over the secretariat, added Araqchi.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) had on November 24, 2013, 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 Geneva deal, which has come to effect since January 20, also stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on Iran and Tehran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi noted that Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) are slated to form a joint commission to oversee the implementation of the deal.
“The (joint) commission will start working one month after the implementation of the Geneva Joint Plan of Action in order to administer the process of putting the Geneva deal into practice,” he stated.
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.