Jan. 12 - A deal between Iran and six major powers, intended to pave the way to a solution to a long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions will come into force on January 20, officials say. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Officials say the first step to a nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers will come into effect on January 20. The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister made the announcement on television: (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, ABBAS ARAGHCHI, SAYING: (TRANSLATION PROVIDED BY TIMA) "The agreement between us and the 5+1 countries regarding the method of implementation of the first step of the joint action plan also known as the Geneva agreement was finalized." An Iranian official said that after the interim deal takes effect, Tehran and world powers will start negotiating a final settlement… In hopes of settling their differences about activity the West suspects is aimed at obtaining a nuclear weapons capability. U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry said the next phase would be "very difficult": (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We are very clear-eyed about the even greater challenges that we face negotiating a comprehensive agreement. We understand it is going to be a tough negotiation...but they are the best chance we have to be able to resolve critical national security issues peacefully and durably." President Obama said the U.S. and other nations would begin to give Iran "modest relief" on economic sanctions as long as the Islamic Republic lived up to its end of the agreement.