A ‘specific day’ should be set to implement Geneva commitments

TEHRAN, Dec. 176 (MNA) – Iran’s FM spokeswoman has said foreign ministry expected a specific day set for implementation of Geneva commitments by both sides.

Mehr News quoted Marzieh Afkham in her weekly press conference responding to questions by the reporters.

Asked about EU last night statement on the removal of part of sanctions if Iran suspended 20 per cent enrichment of uranium, Afkham told that sanctions referred to in joint Action Plan were clear in EU statement as well, and the foreign policy expected both sides to set a specific day to implement the commitments made in the deal in what she called maintaining the understandings between both sides.

“The general spirit of the EU statement is constructive, as it welcomes the Action Plan. We hope that this good will demonstrate itself in action,” Afkham added.

“This indicated the EU willingness to go on the first step, and we hope it would be translated into action,” she said.

In response to a question how the Islamic Republic of Iran could coordinate the different interpretations presented by Powers, which were not consistent with the Action Plan, and that if Iran implemented its commitments, then the IAEA confirmed it, it would be too long for removal of sanctions, Afkham told that the negotiations were intended to bring understanding by both sides.

“ Iran’s negotiators frequently said that the negotiation was difficult. The difficulty is in reaching an understanding,” she said.

“The difficulty lies in bringing the positions closer on the principles,” Afkham said, and that “this is part of expert-level talks. Timing is another issue. We expect a specific day is set for implementation of commitments. This is our interpretation of the negotiations.”

Asked by Mehr News whether decisions had been made for high-profile talks after expert-level talks and phone calls to Kerry and Ashton, she told that contacts had been going on between both sides.

Afkham pointed to Araghchi and Ashton’s meeting today. “Discussions today seek to work on timing of the implementation. This type of contacts is natural during negotiations, and would not need to be specifically examined,” she added.

By Mehr News Agency


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