IAEA expert in Iran to report on N-deal launch
A senior inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has arrived in Iran to report on the implementation of the first step of Tehran's nuclear deal, Presstv reported.
Massimo Aparo, who arrived ahead of an IAEA delegation in the Iranian capital on Saturday morning, is scheduled to meet with officials from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, the AEOI spokesman said.
"The delegation of the agency's inspectors, headed by Mr. Aparo, will report start of Iran's voluntary measures to the agency on January 20, thus the first step in implementing the Geneva Joint Plan of Action officially begins," he said.
On January 12, Iran and the Sextet of world powers finalized the agreement to start the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal from January 20.
The accord, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States -- plus Germany in Geneva on November 24 last year, is aimed at setting the stage for the full resolution of the West's decade-old standoff with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.
Kamalvandi also said that based on the commitments made during the talks, the six powers will also begin to ease sanctions on Tehran on January 20.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the country within the same timeframe.