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Iran nuclear deal to take effect on January 20

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Afkham

(Reuters) - Iran's interim nuclear deal with six major powers will come into force on January 20, the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the European Union said on Sunday.

"Capitals have confirmed the result of the talks in Geneva ... the Geneva deal will be implemented from January 20," Marzieh Afkham, spokeswoman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Tehran, the semi-official Mehr news agency said.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also confirmed the date, and said the sides would now ask the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to verify the deal's implementation.

"We will ask the IAEA to undertake the necessary nuclear-related monitoring and verification activities," she said in a statement.

Ashton represents the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - in contacts with Iran related to its controversial nuclear program.

Senior officials from the European Union and Iran met in Geneva on Thursday and Friday to iron out remaining practical questions related to the implementation of the November 24 deal, under which Iran agreed to curb its most sensitive nuclear work in return for some relief from Western economic sanctions.

EU spokesman Michael Mann said on Friday that any agreements would need to be validated by the governments of Iran and the six powers.

The accord is designed to last six months and the parties hope to use the time to negotiate a final, broad settlement governing the scope of Iran's nuclear program.

Western powers suspect Iran has been trying to develop the ability to manufacture a nuclear weapon. Iran says its program is aimed purely at civilian electricity generation and other civilian purposes.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Ankara and Justyna Pawlak in Brussels; Editing by William Maclean and Kevin Liffey)

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hmadden January 12 2014 at 1:48 PM

Prediction: Iran will detonate their first nuclear weapon within five years. Just saying...

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Dist.Cmdr.Armed January 13 2014 at 7:22 AM

WHAT A JOKE ! THIS IS A REAL CIRCUS - GIVING AWAY MORE MONEY - MAKING THE AMERICANS PAY FOR INSURANCE OR GET FINED ! WHY DONT WE MAKE IRAN PAY OR GET FINED ? OBAMA HAS MADE IT CLEAR HE IS THE BIGGEST CLOWN IN HISTORY !

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airamrka Dist.Cmdr.Armed January 13 2014 at 7:24 AM

Clowns make one laugh. This guy is trying to destroy our nation.

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Good day William January 13 2014 at 7:09 AM

Haven't we seen this before,Sadam took our money while he was manufacturing chemical weapons,

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sammy7851 January 13 2014 at 4:05 AM

One more Obama disaster, that he will get over on us because gay marriage, illegal immigrants, food stamps, welfare, extended unemployment and the president being black is more important than the future. Ideology trumps everything as we swirl down the gutter.

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abrath8793 January 13 2014 at 2:54 AM

"Major" mistake

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sammy7851 abrath8793 January 13 2014 at 3:58 AM

HUGE !

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codenamesparrow January 13 2014 at 2:24 AM

Linda yeap they will never stop . It's a cover for time .

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primm49 January 13 2014 at 1:34 AM

And this will be as successful as Obamacare?

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Linda January 13 2014 at 1:33 AM

Big Mistake.

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rexitalia January 13 2014 at 12:05 AM

Do you trust these guy? Gosh you have to be dumber than dumb to think they will stick to the deal.....This is just to get a breather from the sanctions , gain some capital and then come roaring back with more of the same ....only worse....

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ajantkowski January 13 2014 at 12:04 AM

dont trust them

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