Anti-Iran Sanctions to Be Removed Today: Iran’s FM Zarif
VIENNA (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister announced that the nuclear deal finalized by Tehran and world powers in July 2015 will be implemented today and anti-Iran sanctions will be removed after the release of IAEA report verifying that Iran has fulfilled its commitments as per the deal.
According to Tasnim dispatches, Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters upon his arrival in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Saturday that the Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano will release the verification report, and the nuclear deal (dubbed as JCPOA) will be implemented accordingly.
A joint statement will then be issued, which will announce the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the text of the nuclear deal), he added.
As regards his Saturday agenda, Zarif said he is scheduled to meet with Amano, announce the implementation of the nuclear deal, and hold bilateral meetings with European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and possibly with other foreign ministers of the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) including US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The meetings are aimed at ensuring the correct implementation of JCPOA, the Iranian minister declared, noting that a meeting with his US counterpart is especially important considering “the extensive measures the Americans have declared to have taken.”
Implementation of the JCPOA is a good opportunity for the Iranian nation to see not only the termination of all cruel resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors against Iran, but also the removal of all cruel sanctions imposed on the country due to its nuclear energy program, Zarif stressed.
This is a good day for the Iranian people, but it is also a very good day for the region, because the Middle East is now freed from an unnecessary conflict, which could cause concern for the region, the Iranian top diplomat noted.
“This day proves that we can resolve the world’s important problems through diplomacy. Problems are settled through dialog, not through threat of pressure and sanction,” he added.
Zarif arrived in the European capital along with a number of other Iranian officials including Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, and Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as E3+3 and P5+1) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion on a 159-page nuclear agreement that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force.
Afterwards, the 15-memebr United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that endorsed the JCPOA.
According to the UNSC Resolution 2231, all previous UNSC sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program will be terminated when the JCPOA takes effect.