Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Abba Araqchi said on Monday the historic Iranian nuclear deal with six world powers would be implemented by the end of this year in exchange for sanctions relief.
The United States and European Union on Sunday started the legal process to lift sanctions once Iran fufills out certain conditions such as reducing the number of centrifuges it uses to enrich Uranium.
Sunday's move had no immediate effect, however it represents progress in a rapprochement that began with the deal reached in July.
"Hopefully before the end of this year certainly we would have the implementation day," Araqchi told reporters after meeting senior officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France in Vienna.
EU sanctions are likely to remain in place at least until January, Germany's foreign minister said.
Araqchi was asked whether Iran had started mothballing centrifuges.
"We need an order by the president to the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation to start the job. That would be done after some preparations that we still need to do in the coming days. So it would soon start," Araqchi said.
He also said, "We are on schedule and we think we can do this business instead of diluting. We can do the business and receive natural uranium in return for selling our enriched uranium to the outside.”