Parties in Iran nuclear deal aim for implementation in early 2016

UNITED NATIONS—Foreign ministers from Iran and the six powers that negotiated July’s nuclear agreement met Monday evening to discuss the implementation of the deal, with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini saying they hope to complete that work in early 2016.

With the agreement now backed by a United Nations resolution and with efforts to defeat the accord in the U.S. Congress having failed, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and counterparts from the other nationsdiscussed Monday next steps for putting the deal into effect—and possible hurdles ahead.

Iran will only win major sanctions relief once it has carried out a whole series of measures to scale back its nuclear program and infrastructure. Iran’s parliament still has to vote to approve the deal.

Monday’s hourlong foreign ministers meeting was the first since the nuclear agreement was sealed July 14 in Vienna.

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