Task force on unwinding Iran sanctions established: Araqchi

Vienna, April 22, IRNA – The First Iran-G5+1 Joint Commission session after implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resulted in formation of a task force to monitor lifting of Iran sanctions, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, Abbas Araqchi said that Iran will discuss potential obstacles on the way of removal of sanctions in the newly established task force whenever it is needed.

The European and American sides to the talks reiterated their full commitment to the removal of Iran’s sanctions based on the JCPOA during the Friday meeting.

Araqchi said that re-designing of Arak heavy water reactor and activities in Fordo enrichment facility were also discussed in today meeting of the first Iran-G5+1 Joint Commission session.

The First Iran-G5+1 Joint Commission session after implementation of the JCPOA ended after four hours of talks on JCPOA, sanctions relief and types of cooperation on Friday afternoon.

Araqchi and the EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid co-chaired the talks.

The commission meeting was the first after announcement of ‘Implementation Day’ of the JCPOA in January.

The sides held two commission meetings in October and December, 2015, before the Implementation Day.

Iran and world powers reached an agreement known as the JCPOA on July 14, 2015. As Iran’s peaceful nuclear program was verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a statement announced ‘Implementation Day’ of the JCPOA as the anti-Iran sanctions were lifted on January 16, 2016.