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Published: Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 6:40:01 AM
Updated: Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 6:41:02 AM

Exclusive - Iran to get first $550 million of blocked $4.2 billion on February 1

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles as he speaks to the media at the International Conference Centre of Geneva in Geneva November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles as he speaks to the media at the International Conference Centre of Geneva in Geneva November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran would receive the first $550 million (£333 million) instalment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

Under a November 24 nuclear agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

Some payments are contingent on Iran diluting its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to no more than 5 percent enriched uranium. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the payment schedule as follows:

Feb 1 - $550 million (NOTE: February 1 is a Saturday, so this payment may need to happen on February 3);

March 1 - $450 million (payment for half of dilution);

March 7 - $550 million;

April 10 - $550 million;

April 15 - $450 million (payment for completion of dilution);

May 14 - $550 million;

June 17 - $550 million;

July 20 - $550 million (NOTE: July 20 is a Sunday, so this payment may need to happen on July 21).

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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