Washington: Iran nuclear deal to take effect on Jan. 20
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The White House confirmed on Sunday that the landmark agreement Iran clinched with world powers on its disputed nuclear program will take effect from Jan. 20, Agence France-Presse reported.
U.S. President Barack Obama said he has “no illusions” on the difficulty of reaching a final agreement with Iran.
Obama also said that Washington will give Iran a “modest relief” on sanctions if the Islamic republic fulfills commitment on deal, warning that he “will move to increase out sanctions,” if Tehran doesn’t follow through.
The U.S. confirmation comes after Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told Mehr news agency that the deal will take effect.
“The implementation of the joint plan of action will start from Jan. 20,” Afkham said.
Iran’s official state news agency IRNA also quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi confirming the news without offering any other details.
There was no immediate confirmation from the other countries involved in the talks, though the semi-official ISNA news agency said a joint statement on the agreement would be released in Geneva and Tehran, the Associated Press reported.
Iran and the European Union agreed Friday on how to implement the deal, but it still must be approved by each country before it can take effect.
The EU represents the so-called P5+1 group of world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- in the decade-long nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Under the deal reached in November, Tehran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear drive for six months in exchange for receiving modest relief from international sanctions and a promise by Western powers not to impose new measures against its hard-hit economy.
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