International sanctions on Iran will be lifted today when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to scale back its nuclear programme.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body expected to issue a report triggering the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union.
Most of the sanctions will be removed today, freeing up the country’s economy which has previously been suffered reduced exports.
‘Today with the release of the IAEA chief’s report the nuclear deal will be implemented, after which a joint statement will be made to announce the beginning of the deal,’ said Zarif.
‘Today is a good day for the Iranian people as sanctions will be lifted today,’ he declared.
Zarif is due to meet his U.S. counterpart John Kerry, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, and IAEA chief Yukiya Amano later today.
‘Implementation day’ of the nuclear deal agreed last year marks the biggest re-entry of a former pariah state onto the global economic stage since the end of the Cold War.
It also marks a turning point in the hostility between Iran and the United States that has shaped the Middle East since 1979.
It is a defining initiative for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, both of whom faced strong opposition from hardliners at home in countries.
Under the deal, Iran has agreed to forego enrichment of uranium, which world powers feared could be used to make a nuclear weapon. Once sanctions are lifted, Iran plans to swiftly ramp up its exports of oil. Global companies that have been barred from doing business there will be able to exploit a hungry market for anything from automobiles to airplane parts.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Tom Wyke