Iran, 5+1 meet to discuss implementation of nuclear deal

October 20, 2015 - 0:0

A joint commission comprising representatives from Iran and the P5+1 has convened in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to discuss the implementation of a nuclear agreement reached between the two sides on Tehran’s nuclear program in July.

Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, who is charged with pursuing the implementation of the agreement, and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, the deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, represent Iran in the talks.

On July 14, Iran and the 5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – finalized the text of a nuclear agreement dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic related to its nuclear program.

In a related development, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Sunday announced in a joint statement that the EU had “adopted the legislative framework for the lifting of all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions against Iran.” Sunday marked the “adoption day” of the JCPOA.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, Araqchi told reporters in Vienna that the meeting would be attended by deputy foreign ministers and experts from both sides. He said the participants would review the latest developments pertaining to the JCPOA as well as what steps to take next.

He said relevant issues, namely the Arak heavy-water reactor, would be on the agenda, adding that the parties to the JCPOA will also get prepared to fulfill their commitments under the agreement.

(Source: Press TV)