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Iran, P5+1 meet for 1st time after JCPOA implementation

Source: Press TV

Representatives of Iran and the P5+1 group of countries hold their first joint commission meeting to discuss framework for the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement they struck last year.

Souvenir signatures of lead negotiators on the cover page of the JCPOA document. The Persian handwriting on top left side is a homage by Javad Zarif to his counterparts' efforts in the negotiations: "[I am] Sincere to Mr. Abbas [Araghchi] and Mr. Majid [Takht-Ravanchi]."

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Helga Schmid, who represents the P5+1 countries, held talks, which lasted over four hours, in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Friday for the first time after Tehran and the six global powers started implementing the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on January 16.

During the meeting, Araqchi and Schmid discussed the process of the JCPOA implementation and obstacles in this regard as well as the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Araqchi, who heads Iranian Foreign Ministry's committee following up on the implementation of JCPOA, told IRNA that the country's delegation is also scheduled to hold separate meetings with some members of the P5+1 countries on the sidelines of the session.

He noted that the Iranian delegation is comprised of Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, Hamid Ba'eidinejad, the director general for political and international security affairs at Iran's Foreign Ministry, two teams of technical experts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and a legal team from the Central Bank of Iran and Foreign Ministry.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.

Under the JCPOA, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

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