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Saturday 19 April 2014

Iran: initial nuclear deal agreed

Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, shakes hands with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano before a meeting (AP)

Iran's nuclear envoy in Geneva says an initial agreement has been reached on implementing a nuclear deal with six world powers and that it has been sent to capitals for approval.

Abbas Araghchi made the comments to the official IRNA news agency. He said world powers and the Iranian government should respond within two days about whether they accept the terms.

An official from a member country of the United Nations nuclear agency who is closely following the talks said a preliminary agreement was reached tonight.

While not a final deal, it maps out a first-step agreement for six months as diplomats negotiate a final deal. A November deal calls for capping Iran's uranium enrichment programme in return for an easing of some international sanctions.

AP

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