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Russian Foreign Ministry does not confirm plans for international meeting on Iran soon

January 14, 2016, 17:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova recommended in this connection "not to use information from sources, especially unnamed sources

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MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has not confirmed on Thursday media reports that a meeting of the foreign ministers of six major powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, P5+1) on Iran may take place next week.

"As for the ministerial meeting of the ‘sextet,’ I have no information at this point regarding the possible plans to hold such a meeting," she said.

"As for the implementation (of the agreement between Iran and the sextet), you know, a very intensive work is underway. We are all in expectation of the official announcement of the results, we hope it will be made soon," Zakharova said.

She recommended in this connection "not to use information from sources, especially unnamed sources." "There are official agencies, there are delegations who are working, so let’s be guided by their statements. Let's be patient, because, I think, the final point is near, but the work should be still carried through qualitatively and it is necessary to be guided only by the statements of officials," the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Iran and the P5+1 group of international mediators signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program on July 14, 2015 in Vienna. Under the JCPOA, Iran undertakes to reduce the number of IR-1 first-generation centrifuges at the facility in Natanz from 19,000 to 6,100, of which only 5,060 will be used to enrich uranium in a period of ten years. Apart from that, Iran undertook not to manufacture weapons-grade plutonium, to have not more than 300 kilograms of 3.67% enriched uranium in a period of 15 years, to reshape nuclear facilities and use them exclusively in peaceful purposes. Enrichment activities will be allowed only at the facility in Natanz. The Fordow facility is to be reshaped to manufacture stable isotopes for industrial and medical uses. The heavy water reactor in Arak is to be overhauled to exclude weapons-grade plutonium production. All other centrifuges are to be dismantled and stored under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In exchange, sanctions will be gradually removed from Iran. The arms embargo imposed by UN Security Council will be kept in place for five years, ban for supplying ballistic missile technologies to Iran - for eight years. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will monitor nuclear facilities in Iran for the next 25 years. If any points of the agreement are violated by Iran, sanctions against the country will be renewed. On July 20, the corresponding resolution on Iran’s nuclear program agreement was adopted by the United Nations Security Council.

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