Iran has committed to halt enrichment above 5%: US

  • AFP, Washington DC
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2013 09:41 IST

Iran has promised not to enrich more uranium above a level of 5% for six months, the White House said Friday, giving its take on a landmark nuclear agreement.

In a statement on a pact signed in Geneva between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said Iran would also dismantle "technical connections" allowing such enrichment.

The statement also said that Iran has "committed to neutralize its stockpile of near-20% uranium" by diluting it to below five percent within six months.

The White House stressed the six-month deal is temporary and Iran must do much more to end the sanctions it is under and convince the world it is not seeking a nuclear bomb.

"With respect to the comprehensive solution, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed," it said.

"Put simply, this first step expires in six months, and does not represent an acceptable end state to the United States or our P5+1 partners," it added.

Iran, the White House said, has agreed not to install any new enrichment centrifuges at its Fordow plant and to leave those it has in Natanz inoperable.

It has also promised not to commission its reactor in Arak and to grant daily access to Fordow and Natanz to inspectors from the IAEA nuclear watchdog.

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