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Posted: Monday, 20 January 2014 11:19AM

Iran Starts Implementing Nuclear Deal



iStock/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran has put the brakes on its most sensitive uranium enrichment work Monday as part of a landmark deal with world powers, easing concerns over the country's nuclear program and clearing the way for a partial lifting of sanctions.

According to an Iranian state TV broadcast, Iran halted enriching uranium to the 20 percent level -- which is close to bomb-making materials -- by disconnecting centrifuges in Natanz.

The move is being applauded by a number of Western leaders, including Europe's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who said: "This is an important day in pursuit of ensuring that Iran has an exclusively peaceful nuclear program."

The process of diluting those high-grade stockplies has now begun, and in exchange, Iran receives sanctions-relief.

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