Save the date: Iran has pledged to start eliminating some of its uranium stockpile on January 20, the White House said Sunday.
That gives an official start time for the six-month interim deal with Iran, which was first announced in November.
“As of that day, for the first time in almost a decade, Iran’s nuclear program will not be able to advance, and parts of it will be rolled back, while we start negotiating a comprehensive agreement to address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s program,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement Sunday.
Iranian officials also confirmed the start date for the deal, state media reported.
As part of the agreement, Iran has agreed to start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium, to dismantle some infrastructure that makes higher-level uranium enrichment possible, and not to start up additional centrifuges.
Representatives from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency will also monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities and make sure the country is taking the required steps as part of the deal.
In exchange, some sanctions against Iran will be eased as part of what the White House calls “modest relief.”
U.S. officials estimate the overall sanctions relief provided to Iran as part of …read more
Source: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce