|U.S. warns against any action halting implementation of Iran nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – A U.S. State Department spokesperson on Monday warned against any action that could possibly derail the process of the implementation of the Geneva deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
“For all of the people that have talked about diplomacy and wanting a diplomatic solution here, we are making concrete and tangible progress. We have a long way to go, but no one should do anything that could possibly derail that process. This is the best chance we’ve had for a diplomatic resolution forever to the Iranian nuclear program. And who knows when we’ll get this chance again?” Marie Harf told reporters in her daily briefing.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched an interim deal in Geneva in November 2013 according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement, which will go into effect on January 20, is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear deal.
“On January 20th, when the Joint Plan of Action is implemented, we are going to have the most access we’ve ever had to these sites – daily inspector access at Natanz and Fordow, monthly inspector access at Arak. Both of these are much more frequent than we’ve ever had in the past. The IAEA is taking the lead on verifying and confirming what the Iranians have committed to do under the Joint Plan of Action,” she added, according to the State Department website.
“We’ve laid out very specifically what Iran can and can’t do, and we’ve always said that if the Iranians, when they say they only want a peaceful nuclear program, that they can prove it. That’s part of what this process is about. If they fulfill their commitments under the Joint Plan of Action, that’s certainly a step in the right direction, a credible, concrete, tangible step. But words aren’t enough, given the history here.”
She also said, “It’s so important that on January 20th, we are going to see Iran take concrete, tangible actions that could eventually, through very difficult diplomacy, lead to a comprehensive agreement.”
“On the 20th, the IAEA will report on the current status of Iran’s nuclear program, including specifically on its uranium enrichment program and the Arak reactor... So regardless of what they do between now and then, by the end of the six months, if they fulfill their commitments, they will have completed the dilution or conversion of their stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium,” she added.
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