U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said relief from Western economic sanctions is "likely within the coming days" after Iran fulfilled a key pledge under its nuclear agreement with world powers.
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Kerry said on January 13 that Iran was within hours of decommissioning its Arak heavy-water nuclear reactor as required under the agreement.
"Just yesterday, [Iran's] foreign minister reported to me that the calandria of the plutonium nuclear reactor is now out and in the next hours it will be filled with concrete and destroyed," he said.
"Implementation Day," when the United Nation's atomic watchdog agency certifies that Iran has complied with the deal and sanctions are lifted, is now "likely within the coming days," Kerry said.
Iran said January 13 that it expects implementation over the weekend. Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, said the UN watchdog is likely to confirm Iran's compliance with the deal on January 15.
Tehran has already fulfilled other key requirements by drastically reducing the number of centrifuges at the Fordow and Natanz enrichment sites and shipping tons of low-enriched uranium materials to Russia.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Sputnik News
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