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IAEA Chief Says Iran Must Comply With Deal 'For Many Years'

Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (file photo)

The head of the UN's nuclear agency has suggested that Iran's initial compliance with a nuclear deal is only a first step, saying Tehran must continue to honor its commitments in the years ahead.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano made the remark at the opening of the organization's 35-nation board meeting in Vienna on March 7.

The IAEA is monitoring Iran's compliance with a nuclear deal with six world powers implemented in December. In its first report last month, it noted that Iran was in — or quickly got into — line with its obligations.

But, with the agreement extending to more than a decade, Amano says Iran "has to implement its commitments ... for many years to come."

Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programs in return for sanctions relief under the deal.

As a result of sanctions relief in January, Iran has already boosted oil output.

Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia was quoted on March 7 as saying Iran's sales of crude oil will reach 2 million barrels a day "soon."

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters