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Russia expects Iran nuclear deal to be implemented in January

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue 8 Dec 2015 - 11:25

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Russia's envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said he expected a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers to be implemented in January, leading to sanctions against Tehran being lifted.

At talks in Vienna, senior officials from those major powers discussed with Iran a text they have prepared that would close the International Atomic Energy Agency's 12-year investigation of Tehran's activities.

Under the deal, Iran must scale back its nuclear program, including its stockpile of low-enriched uranium - which it plans to do via a swap for non-enriched forms of uranium with Russia.

That swap will be done before the end of the year, the Russian envoy to the IAEA, Vladimir Voronkov, told reporters.

Iran has said it will fulfill all its commitments under the July agreement only if the IAEA's Board of Governors passes a resolution formally closing its investigation into Iran's nuclear past when the board meets on Dec. 15.

The draft resolution of the IAEA Board of Governors was drawn up by France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Russia and China and sent to other states on Monday.

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