Tuesday 21 October 2014

EU says nuclear deal with Iran to come into force this month

Published 12/01/2014 | 17:48

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs attends the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Berry/WireImage)
Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs

Six world powers and Iran have agreed to start implementing an interim nuclear deal on Jan. 20, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement on Sunday.

Ashton represents the six nations - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - in diplomatic contacts with Iran related to the nuclear standoff.

She said the sides would now ask the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to verify the deal's implementation.

"We will ask the IAEA to undertake the necessary nuclear-related monitoring and verification activities," she said.

Under the Nov. 24 agreement, Iran has promised to curb its most sensitive nuclear activities in return for some relief from Western economic sanctions.

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