Jan 13, 2014, 1:24 AM
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Araqchi: No limit for Iran in expansion of qualitative n. activities

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs said here Sunday based on Geneva nuclear deal although qualitative expansion of Iran’s nuclear activities is not pursued, but there is no limit in qualitative expansion of those activities.

“Finally, the long marathon of the Geneva negotiations reached a point at which the two sides achieved a mutual understanding so that the first step based on the Geneva nuclear deal will be implemented on January 20th,” said Seyyed Abbas Araqchi in a TV interview.

He added, “This first step is inclusive of a combination of acts that the two sides will have to perform within the period of six months aimed at building trust so that we will reach the famous final step, or the comprehensive solution.”

“Based on the reached agreement, the two sides agreed to remain at the present time status, which means they would remain at the status of the previously imposed sanctions against our country, and we, too, in current status of our nuclear activities,” the top member of the Iranian nuclear negotiation team added.

He added, “Based on this agreement, they must not impose new unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral sanctions against our country, and in return, our nuclear program will remain at is status quo and will not expand quantitatively.

Araqchi had earlier on Sunday said that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and P5+1 in Geneva on November 24 will be implemented as of January 20.

He made the announcement in a press conference.

The deputy foreign minister said that the January 20 marks the beginning for taking the first step of implementing the nuclear deal and that the two parties will proceed with contacts to reach a comprehensive agreement in a short period of time to end the decade-long dispute.

Araqchi made it clear that Iran will continue with its 20 percent uranium enrichment by the end of the day on January 19 and will suspend the 20 percent enrichment on January 20 and the western governments, too, will honor their commitments about easing the sanctions as of January 20. Iran has accepted to enrich uranium not beyond five percent, and not to increase the volume of its stockpile of the enriched uranium.

Araqchi said that he and the deputy EU Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid and US Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman reached the final agreement on implementing the Geneva nuclear deal on January 9-10 and agreed that the respective governments would declare the date January 20 to implement the action plan.

According to the action plan, the two parties will reciprocate the steps taken by one another in goodwill.