Iran rejects US take on sanctions relief as wrong
An Iranian official has rejected an official piece of document by the White House stipulating that lifting sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities would be based on a step-by-step mechanism.
Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said Saturday that Washington’s “fact sheet” on a recent understanding reached between Iran and the P5+1 group contains wrong interpretations on the issue of sanctions relief.
He said the issue of sanctions relief has been “wrongly explained” in what the US has issued as a “fact sheet” on the mutual understanding, Araqchi said in an interview with state television.
Iran and P5+1 group of countries – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — along with officials from the European Union finally reached a mutual understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program after eight days of marathon talks in Lausanne on Thursday.
EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini (L), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015, at the the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. (© AFP)
The joint statement read by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Persian late Thursday stipulated that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will, after the adoption of the Security Council resolution, need a period of preparation time to implement the JCPOA. Once the preparation period is over, and simultaneous with the start of the implementation of nuclear measures by Iran on a designated date, the lifting of “all sanctions” will automatically go into action.
Araqchi said if the Americans have understood the JCPOA in a different manner, their interpretation of the statement would be discussed in future talks in order to be corrected.
Araqchi further reiterated that based on the mutual understanding reached between Iran and the P5+1, all sanctions on Iran should be lifted as soon as the final nuclear deal goes into effect.