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IAEA chief: Iran deal implemented ‘as planned’

Iran and international powers began a new round of talks to reach a final settlement before July 20

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Iran is implementing the interim nuclear deal it struck with six world powers last year according to plan, U.N. atomic energy Chief Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday.

“I can tell you, these measures are being implemented as planned,” Amano said during a visit to Oslo.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays an essential role in ensuring that Iran complies with the deal’s terms.

Under the deal, which was agreed last November and went into force in January, Tehran agreed to curb areas of its nuclear program, in exchange for the easing of Western sanctions imposed on it.

The U.N. body issues monthly progress updates to members of the IAEA.

The interim deal is designed to precede a final settlement over the disputed Iranian nuclear activity.

Iranian and international negotiators began a new round of talks in Vienna on Tuesday, to reach a conclusive deal over the nuclear program before the July 20 deadline.

(With Reuters and AFP)