|Iran, major powers have different interpretations of Geneva deal: Araqchi||
TEHRAN – A top Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Sunday that Iran and world powers have different interpretations of an interim deal on the country’s nuclear program reached in Geneva last month.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi also said that Iran and the six major powers will hold a new round of technical talks in Geneva on Monday on how to implement the nuclear accord.
Commenting on a draft bill prepared by a group of Iranian MPs that would oblige the government to enrich uranium up to a purity of 60 percent if negotiations with the major powers over Tehran’s nuclear program fail, Araqchi said that the administration is legally bound to implement the bills passed by the Majlis.
“If the Majlis makes a decision that the Geneva deal should not be implemented through adopting this bill, we will abide by it,” he said.
In addition, he warned that the adoption of a new sanctions bill against Iran by the U.S. Congress would scuttle the Geneva agreement.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi said that if no problem occurs, the implementation of the Geneva deal will begin in late January.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a landmark deal in Geneva on November 24 according to which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program for six months in exchange for modest sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive deal to help resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.
Iran and the six major powers had suspended their expert-level talks on implementing the deal until after Christmas.
Experts from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and Iran met in Geneva from December 19 to 22 to settle the practical details of the accord.
They need to decide when the November 24 deal goes into effect, meaning when Iran has to fulfill its obligations and Western governments ease some economic sanctions in return.
The Geneva round of technical talks was the second time nuclear experts and sanctions specialists from the seven countries and the European Union had met to figure out how the nuclear deal will be implemented.
Earlier this month, a round of technical talks in Vienna was suspended after the United States blacklisted 19 Iranian companies and people, and some Iranian officials said this decision violated the spirit of the November 24 nuclear agreement.
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