Iranian nuclear agreement enters into force

Iranian nuclear agreement enters into force

Today, at midnight, the joint comprehensive plan of action on the Iranian nuclear program entered into force – an agreement signed by the foreign ministers of the 'six negotiators' (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) and Iran, with the participation of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The signing of the agreement took place on July 14 in Vienna.

As the participants of the agreement agreed, the so-called "day of acceptance" comes 90 days after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2231. That is why the terms of the measures specified in the joint comprehensive action plan and Security Council resolution are counted from October 18.

"All the participants of the agreement will start practical preparations and take the first steps towards fulfilling their commitments. This concerns cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, and moves towards the abolition of the unilateral sanctions of the European Union and the United States," TASS cited the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Tomorrow the Austrian capital will host the first meeting of the Joint Commission of the 'six mediators' and Iran on the implementation of the document. Such a mechanism will operate on a permanent basis.

In addition, the vice-president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi noted that tomorrow the representatives of Iran and the European Union will ratify the joint comprehensive action plan, and then, according to him, an official announcement of the EU about lifting economic sanctions against Iran will follow. Moreover, Tehran expects the cancellation or suspension of the US sanctions against Iran.

Also, some practical solutions suggested by Russian specialists are among the agreements. "In the interest of a final settlement, we agreed that two key issues on the agenda would be resolved within the framework of Russian-Iranian bilateral cooperation on the line of 'Rosatom'. We are talking about the implementation of joint projects: on exports of Iranian stocks of low-enriched uranium to Russia in exchange for natural uranium, as well as reprofiling of the now former uranium enrichment facility at Fordow to manufacture stable isotopes for medical and industrial purposes," the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said.

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