The United States has followed suit with the EU and canceled a number of sanctions against Iran in accordance with the Geneva agreement reached in November.

The White House announced: “In reciprocation for Iran’s concrete actions, today we follow through on our commitment to begin to provide the modest relief agreed to with Iran.”

Following IAEA confirmation that Iran has suspended uranium enrichment at the 20 percent level, EU foreign ministers announced that they are dropping a range of sanctions against Iran.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “This is an important day in our pursuit of ensuring Iran has an exclusively peaceful nuclear program.”

U.S. spokesperson Jay Carney warned: “At the same time, we will continue our aggressive enforcement of the sanctions measures that will remain in place throughout this six-month period.”

The parties are to reach a more enduring agreement in the next six months.