Iran nuclear deal implemented as planned: Amano
UN atomic energy chief, Yukiya Amano, says last year’s landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is being implemented as planned.
“I can tell you, these measures [in the deal with the six powers] are being implemented as planned,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said during a visit to Oslo on Wednesday.
The IAEA is responsible for verifying Iran’s compliance with the terms of the Geneva nuclear deal, which was reached between Iran and the six countries -- Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States, plus Germany -- in Geneva on November 24 last year.
“Our people in the safeguards department are having close contact with them,” he added.
Amano’s announcement comes as Iran and the six countries resumed their latest round of nuclear talks with a series of negotiations aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.
Both sides are to exchange views on all outstanding issues in order to be able to start drafting a final accord in the next round of the talks, scheduled to be held in the Austrian capital in mid-May.
On January 12, Iran and the Sextet of world powers finalized the agreement to start the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal from January 20.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the country within the same timeframe.