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UN nuclear agency to meet on Iran pact Jan. 24

(AP) UN nuclear agency to meet on Iran pact Jan. 24
Associated Press
The U.N. nuclear agency will meet Jan. 24 on its role in supervising Iranian adherence to terms of a landmark pact reached between Tehran and six world powers, diplomats said Tuesday.

The date was shared with The Associated Press by two diplomats from member countries of the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency. They demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal it before a formal IAEA announcement.

The Nov. 24 deal commits Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in exchange for initial sanctions relief over six months as the two sides work toward a permanent agreement.

The accord designates the IAEA to oversee Iranian compliance with terms of the deal. The 35-nation IAEA board is expected to approve that role at the Jan. 24 meeting.

The U.N. agency did not immediately confirm the board meeting but said separate talks in Tehran between Iran and IAEA experts were postponed from Jan. 21 to Feb. 8.

The IAEA is hoping Iran will agree to cooperate in investigating IAEA suspicions that it worked on nuclear weapons, if not during those talks then subsequent ones. Tehran denies working on _ or wanting _ such arms.

One of the diplomats said the Iran-IAEA talks were postponed to allow Iran to prepare for the implementation of the Nov 24 deal. Enactment of that agreement is scheduled to begin Jan. 20.

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