|Iran, major powers to meet in New York by Feb. 20||
TEHRAN – Iran and the six major powers will most probably hold a meeting on a final nuclear agreement in New York by February 20, Iranian news agencies reported on Monday.
The talks would include Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton – who represents the major powers in nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is totally peaceful.
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
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