Iran nuclear deal start date announced

An interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and Iran will start on 20th January, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Ashton represents the six nations - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - in diplomatic contacts with Iran related to the nuclear standoff.

She said the sides would now ask the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to verify the deal's implementation.

Read: Can the Iran nuclear deal become a lasting accord?

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

Under the agreement, Iran has promised to curb its most sensitive nuclear activities in return for some relief from Western economic sanctions.

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