Iran's FM: Nuclear agreement is clear - certain parts of nuclear program will continue

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5

By Saeed Isayev - Trend:

The nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 is very clear, there are certain parts of Iran's nuclear program that will continue, the country's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview to Euronews on Feb. 4.

"The enrichment will continue, but we have agreed not to continue the enrichment over 5 percent," Zarif noted.

"I have tried to remain very true to what we agreed and not to try to 'spin' it for domestic consumption, that is why I didn't produce any fact sheets. It wasn't an attempt by Iran to win at the expense of the other side because we believe that is not sustainable," Zarif told Euronews.

"And now we have agreed that on February 18 we will meet in Vienna to start working on the difficult part, that is the comprehensive deal," he said.

On Feb. 4, Zarif said at the press conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in Tehran, that the final solution on Iran's nuclear program with P5+1 implies that all sanctions on the country will go off.

"There are specific texts that both sides of the negotiations have agreed on, and we need to stick to them" Zarif said at the conference. "Today we execute a common agreement titled "Joint action plan", and after it we''ve made some more agreements on implementing this plan."

Further speaking to Euronews, Zarif once again said that Iran did not believe from the beginning that "these sanctions were legal, because this is our money and there is no international legal instrument that would prevent us from having access to our money."

Zarif went on to say that "there is some cash that will become available, there are other areas, for instance revenues from petrochemical sales by Iran".

"So, that amounts to some amount of money, but I am not going to quarrel about the exact dollar figure because it's just the beginning and we will start knowing how much it will come to when it comes to the end of the six months," he underscored.

Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.

Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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