Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

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See also Iraq, Israel, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria

Jan. 20: The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the five permanent United Nations Security Council member states and Germany (P5+1) involved in nuclear talks went into effect. Iran agreed to restrict its uranium enrichment program in exchange for access to its $4.2 billion in oil revenues previously frozen under sanctions as well as resumed trade in petrochemicals and precious metals. Responsibility for assuring Iran's compliance was assigned to the IAEA. [RFE/RL, 1/20]

Jan. 29: A three-member IAEA team inspected the Gachin mine near the Persian Gulf shore of Bandar 'Abbas - the first time UN nuclear inspectors visited an Iranian uranium mine since 2005. The inspection was part of a November 11 cooperation agreement between Iran and the IAEA. That agreement was separate from the P5+1 deal that went into effect on January 20. [Daily Star, 1/29]

Feb. 3: The government handed out food packages to millions of citizens in an attempt to assist low-income Iranians and to show citizens the benefits of the temporary nuclear agreement with the P5+1 countries. The handouts mostly consisted of goods imported through barter agreements, and were available to citizens earning less than 5 million rials a month, or $170. [NYT, 2/3]

Feb. 7: The US Treasury Department penalized 18 businesses and 14 individuals for violating sanctions against Iran in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Liechtenstein, and Iran. It was the first time the US-enforced sanctions since a temporary joint plan of action was implemented in November, which allowed Iran access to $4.2 billion in overseas banks and alleviated restrictions on Iranian industries in return for stopping most uranium enrichment and allowing more access to UN inspectors. [NYT, 2/7]

Feb. 9: For the first time, the government agreed to provide information on detonators that could be used in nuclear weapons in order to build trust with the IAEA. Iran also promised to increase accessibility and give information about the uranium mines near the city of Yazd, a facility near the city of Ardakan, laser production, and its heavy-water reactor near Arak. The stipulations would need to be completed by May 15. …

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