Hardliners and nationalists inside Iran are not keen on the deal. – United States Lifts Nuclear Sanctions Off Iran
United States Lifts Nuclear Sanctions Off Iran
Kerry has ordered that United States nuclear-related economic sanctions be lifted against Iran, effective immediately.
President Barack Obama delegated the authority to make this determination directly to Secretary Kerry. Kerry’s revelations followed an official determination by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has indeed complied with a previous international deal designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief of economic sanctions.
Iran is now back in business, operating for the first time in years without U.S. economic limitations. The mechanisms to implement such a landmark deal were reached last year among six world powers; and ultimately finalized today.
Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also confirmed that Iran has met its obligations under the nuclear deal.
This certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency allow Iranians to immediately recoup approximately $100 billion in assets that were frozen overseas. Iran is also likely to see significant benefits from new oil, trade and financial opportunities after Western sanctions against it are lifted.
Amano said Saturday:
“… relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the report marks an “Independence Day” to his country as world powers provide Iran billions of dollars in relief.
Hardliners and nationalists inside Iran are not keen on the deal.
They accuse moderate President Hassan Rouhani of “burying” the Iran’s nuclear program. Under the front-page headline “Nuclear Burial”, the hardline daily newspaper in Tehran – Vatan-e-Emrooz – criticized the removal of the core of Iran’s only heavy water reactor, which was filled in with cement earlier this week as one of the final steps under the agreement.
The Javan daily newspaper says filling in the reactor is “hurting national pride.” It says the Iranian people hope that the “bitterness of filling the Arak reactor with cement will be accompanied with the sweetness of filling their table,” referring to the lifting of crippling international sanctions.