Friday, 15 January, 2016

Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted ‘Soon’


The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that sanctions on Iran could be lifted “soon.”

At a news conference in Prague, Mogherini told reporters the so-called “Implementation Day” could come “rather soon.”

She said there was no date set yet but that “the implementation of the agreement is proceeding well.”

Mogherini added it is necessary that all steps agreed have to be “properly done,” including the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency. But after consulting recently the foreign ministers of Iran and the United States she believes “things are going well” and the sanctions might be lifted “rather soon.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, who participated in weeks of talks with counterparts from Iran, China, and Europe, to reach the deal in Vienna, last week said implementation could be just “days away,” if “all goes well.”

Iran and world powers led by the U.S. agreed to a landmark nuclear deal to limit Tehran’s enrichment of uranium in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Iran has always denied seeking nuclear arms.

Iran president says sanctions could end in “days”

Sanctions against Iran will end in “days” and the coming year will be one of “economic revival,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said.

“In a few days, we will see the end of the cruel sanctions against Iran,” he said Monday in a speech to open natural-gas facilities in the south of the country. “When sanctions end, I will explain to people how great of an accomplishment this is.”

“Even in these circumstances, we have managed to control inflation and despite all difficulties we will have economic growth this year,” Rouhani said. “Next year will be the year of economic revival,” he said, referring to the Iranian new year which begins on March 21.

Iran said to be ‘7 days’ from seeing benefits of nuclear deal

Iran has reportedly removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement in one of the final steps before countries around the globe lift sanctions on the isolated nation.

The act brings Iran just days away from receiving certification that it has met its obligations under the sweeping nuclear deal reached last year, opening the door to billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

“The operation was accomplished today and the core has been filled with cement,” an anonymous informed source told Iran’s Fars News Agency on Monday.

Implementation of the agreement “will finish in the next seven days,” a spokesman for Iran’s atomic energy agency told the Etamad newspaper, according to the BBC.

Image: Iranians gather in celebration in northern Tehran on July 14, 2015, after Iran’s nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers (Photo by Fararu new website)

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