Jan 12, 2014, 11:58 PM
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German FM lauds agreement on implementing Iran nuclear deal

Berlin, Jan 12, IRNA -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed the agreement between six world powers and Iran on the implementation of the November 24 nuclear deal.

Steinmeier hailed in a statement the agreement which goes into effect on January 20, as a 'decisive step forward.'

After many years of long and difficult years of negotiations, we have for the first time ever achieved a reliable agreement which includes concrete, transparent and detailled verifiable steps, according to Steinmeier.

Germany's top diplomat stressed the need to accelerate the steps for the next decisive phase of the negotiations geared at a final nuclear deal.

Steinmeier had said earlier that he was optimistic that the Iranian nuclear row could be settled, only one day after Iran and the six world powers cleared hurdles towards a nuclear deal.

He voiced 'cautious optimism' that not only the Syrian and Palestinian-Israeli conflict but also the Iranian nuclear dispute could be solved.

The Geman foreign minister cited the latest political developments as the main reason for his optimism.

On Friday, envoys of Iran and five UN Security Council veto powers (US, Russia, China, Britain and France) plus Germany resolved questions on how to implement an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program after two days of talks in Geneva.

The implemenation of the nuclear deal will come into force on January 20, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in Brussels on Sunday.

'The E3/EU+3 and Iran will now start the implementation of the first step on January 20,' Ashton said in a statement.

'The foundations for a coherent, robust and smooth implementation ...

have been laid,' she added.

An understanding on these issues has now been 'endorsed by all capitals,' said Ashton, who represented the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany in negotiations with Tehran.

The agreement is for a period of six months during which the relevant countries hope to seal a final comprehensive deal that would ultimately result in the permanent lifting of all sanctions against Teheran.

In November, Iran agreed with Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany that it would curb its uranium enrichment and other parts of its nuclear program in return for the lifting of some EU and US economic sanctions.