Iran’s nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Monday that he expected a deal with six world powers on shrinking Tehran’s atomic programme in exchange for sanctions relief to be implemented by year-end.
“Hopefully before the end of this year certainly we would have the implementation day,” Araqchi told newsmen after meeting senior officials from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France in Vienna.
The U.S. and the EU took formal legal steps on Sunday that will lift sanctions once Iran meets certain conditions such as reducing the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium, and its enriched uranium stockpile.
When asked whether Iran had started mothballing centrifuges, Araqchi said the process had not begun yet.
“We need an order by the president to the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation to start the job’’,
‘’That would be done after some preparations that we still need to do in the coming day, so it would soon start,” Araqchi said.
Sunday’s moves have no immediate effect but cement a process that began with the deal reached in July to end sanctions against Iran once it shrinks its nuclear programme that the West suspected was aimed at developing a nuclear bomb- a charge Iran denied(Reuters/NAN)