Ahead of the start of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic called limiting uranium enrichment and diluting its stockpile the country’s “most important commitments”. This comments by a spokesman of Iran’s atomic department, show how the government of moderate President Hassan Rouhani welcomes the deal.
Iran struck the deal in November with the so-called P5+1 countries Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. Negotiators agreed to final terms of the deal Jan. 13. Under the agreement, Iran will limit its uranium enrichment to 5 per cent the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material and to neutralise its 20 percent stockpile over the six months.
In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for six months. Senior officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration have put the total relief figure at some $7 billion. During the six months, negotiations between Iran and the world powers would continue in hopes of reaching a permanent deal.
The West fears Iran’s nuclear program could allow it to build an atomic weapon. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, like power generation and medical research.
On Saturday a team of international inspectors arrived in Tehran in preparation of beginning their inspections. They will visit Fordo, where Iran enriches its 20 percent uranium, as well as its Natanz facility, which produces 5 percent enriched uranium, to ensure the country complies with the deal.
[Courtesy – The Hindu]