Zarif names Araqchi to implement nuclear deal

September 23, 2015

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday appointed his deputy Abbas Araqchi as the head of the committee to implement the nuclear deal with the 5+1 group (the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China).

The appointment came as the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is entering the implementation stage.

The committee is different from the Majlis Special Committee on the JCPOA and is tasked to examine the process of the implementation of the JCPOA.

Iranian nuclear negotiating team, headed by Foreign Minister Zarif, departed for New York early on Tuesday to consult with 5+1 group about legal, technical and executive aspects of the JCPOA.

This will be the first meeting between Iran and 5+1 in the two months since the conclusion of the nuclear talks.

On September 17 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tapped a former ambassador to Poland and career diplomat to lead U.S. efforts to implement the nuclear accord.

The nuclear deal was sealed between Iran and the six world powers on July 14 in Vienna.