Rouhani: Nuclear deal annuls meaningless sanctions, protects Iran’s achievements

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (Stil from AP video)
Hailing “a new chapter” in relations with the world following the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the global sanctions against Iran had failed to produce any effect. He is sure the deal will help protect Iran’s nuclear achievements.

“Sanctions didn’t have any effect [on Iran],” he said, although they “at the same time had affected people's lives.”

Rouhani said that “a new chapter” has begun between Tehran and the global community, and that he is “happy that 27 months of negotiations have brought success.”

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The agreement with P5+1 symbolizes an important point in Iran’s development, he said.

“This month Ramadan [Muslim religious holiday] has brought us good news – a good agreement. Today we are in an important point of the development of our country, which crowns a 12-year history of negotiations with world powers on Iranian nuclear program.”

On Tuesday Iran and P5+1 (the United States, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) signed a comprehensive plan for ending international sanctions against Iran in exchange for putting restrictions on its controversial nuclear program. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) acknowledges Iran's right for peaceful nuclear development on par with any other signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The agreement, however, wasn’t welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who branded it as a historic mistake that would have grave consequences.

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“From the initial reports received, it is already possible to say that this agreement is a historic mistake for the world,” Netanyahu said.

“Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon’’ but “the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than everything else,” he said.

According to Rouhani, Iran has never “sought to manufacture a nuclear weapon and will never seek to manufacture a nuclear weapon.''

“The whole world knows very well that manufacturing a nuclear bomb ... is considered forbidden.''

The agreement goes both ways as the successful implements of the deal “can dismantle the wall of mistrust brick by brick,” Rouhani said in a televised address from Tehran that followed the deal.

“Upon Iran Deal implementation all sanctions will be lifted - not suspended. Otherwise, there was no need for 18-day round-the-clock Iran Talks.”

Iran didn’t expect the deal “to come easily” as “extensive negotiations in light of mutual respect and a win-win mentality were absolutely crucial.”