Anti-Iran Sanctions to Be Nullified Swiftly under Nuclear Deal: Rouhani

Anti-Iran Sanctions to Be Nullified Swiftly under Nuclear Deal: Rouhani

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said sanctions imposed on the country over its peaceful nuclear energy program will be entirely removed immediately after a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers comes into effect.

President Rouhani's comments, made in a televised address to the Iranian nation on Friday, was an outright rejection of the notion of phased lifting of the sanctions.

His remarks came one day after Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on Thursday reached a framework agreement on Tehran's civilian nuclear program after intensive negotiations in Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final, comprehensive accord until the end of June.

The framework provides a series of solutions to the differences that will be the basis of a comprehensive joint plan of action.

According to the framework agreement, the nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the US will be removed.

"On the basis of this framework, all sanctions in financial, economic and banking sectors as well as all (UN Security Council) sanctions resolutions against Iran will be canceled on the very first day of the implementation of the deal, and new cooperation in both nuclear and other sectors will start with the world on the same day," the Iranian President reiterated.

Elsewhere in his address, Rouhani said the world should know that deception and hypocrisy have no place in Tehran's policies, noting that "Any promises we make will be within the framework of our national interests and we will live up to them provided that the opposite side abides by its promises as well," the president noted, according to his official website.

Rouhani underlined that Iran will observe its obligations in line with the joint statement and expects the other side to do the same.

He further said that if some day they decide to choose a new path, the way would be open to the Iranian nation to make a proportionate decision as well.

The nuclear agreement is just a step toward interaction with the world and all those countries that want to respect the Iranian nation and "work with the people of Iran within framework" of mutual interests, he stated.

"There is no doubt that cooperation and interaction will benefit everyone," the Iranian chief executive said.

"The Group 5+1 has accepted in the framework understanding attained on Thursday night that Iran will have domestic enrichment on its soil; and this means those who stated Iran's enrichment is a threat to the region and the world have admitted today that enrichment in Iran is no threat to anyone," he went on to say.

"I, hereby, declare in a straightforward manner that enrichment and all nuclear-related technologies are only aimed at Iran's development and will not be used against any other countries," the president stressed, adding that the world has acknowledged very well today that Iran is seeking peaceful purposes.

He also noted that the Arak Heavy Water Reactor will continue its operation with the help of the most modern technologies and Fordo -a uranium enrichment plant- will remain operational forever with 1,000 centrifuges installed there and nuclear and physics-related activities and technologies will run there.

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