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Media: Iran’s nuclear activities at all its nuclear facilities will continue

April 03, 2015, 9:09 UTC+3 LAUSANNE
Iran and the six world powers have reached crucial agreements that would form the basis for a future comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear program
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LAUSANNE, April 3. /TASS/. After a week of talks on Iran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne, six world powers and Tehran have reached crucial agreements that would form the basis for a future comprehensive deal.

The work on the final text is expected to be completed by June 30, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif following the round of talks that began on March 26.

The representatives of the sides will work at the political and experts levels "in the coming weeks and months" to write the text of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action including its technical details, she said.

"Today, we have taken a decisive step: we have reached solutions on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The political determination, the good will and the hard work of all parties made it possible," Mogherini said.

The international experts will be "guided by the solutions developed in these days" while drafting the text, she added.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ready to start verifying Iran’s nuclear deal with the six world powers after it is finalized.

"With the endorsement of the IAEA's Board of Governors, the Agency will be ready to fulfill its role in verifying the implementation of nuclear related measures, once the agreement is finalized," the IAEA director general said in a statement issued following the talks in the Swiss city.

Iran’s IRNA news agency said the action plan on the nuclear program has confirmed Tehran’s right to continue activity in the nuclear sphere. "Iran’s nuclear activities in all its nuclear facilities including Natanz, Fordow, Isfahan and Arak will continue," the report said.

"The comprehensive solutions will guarantee the continued enrichment program inside the Iranian territory and according to this, Iran will be allowed to go on with industrial production of nuclear fuel which is meant for running its nuclear power plants," it says.

Russia is satisfied with the results of the talks. "We have passed a very important milestone," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. He expressed the hope that "there will be no revision of agreements on uranium enrichment, reconstruction of the heavy water reactor in Arak and the facility in Fordow."

The diplomat said Moscow was ready to supply fresh nuclear fuel to Iran and take back spent fuel.

"The Russian Federation and Rosatom /state nuclear energy corporation/ are ready to supply fresh fuel and take spent, irradiated fuel back to Russia from all the reactors that were built or can be constructed in Iran," Ryabkov said.

US President Barack Obama said the United States together with allies and partners "have reached a historic understanding with Iran."

The foreign chiefs of the European countries of the so-called P5+1 group (the US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany) look at the talks outcome with optimism.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the agreements lay the basis for a very good final deal with Tehran. Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the result of the meetings is a decisive step forward. His French counterpart Laurent Fabius noted that there is still a lot of work to be done.

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