Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Under the mutual understanding reached between Tehran and the 5+1 group of world powers Iran will keep its peaceful nuclear program without shutting down any facilities, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said upon his return to Tehran following the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
Iranians welcome the nuclear agreement:
"Long Live Diplomacy" | "Zarif, We Love You" | "Zarif, Araghchi, Thank You"
"Long Live Peace" | "Rohani, Thank You"
cartoon by Jamal Rahmati, Etemaad daily
Zarif told reporters that the resolutions issued by the UN Security Council against Iran will be annulled following the endorsement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a resolution.
"You are aware that all the six [UN] Security Council resolutions call for an end to Iran's uranium enrichment program, a halt in the Arak heavy reactor [activities] and the closure of Fordow facility among many other illegitimate demands. [However,] none of these demands will materialize," Press TV quoted Zarif as saying.
He added that the Natanz nuclear facility will also continue enriching uranium and there will be no stop or suspension in its activities "even for a single day."
The chief diplomat said based on the joint statement, limits on Iran's uranium enrichment activities will be in place only for 10 years although there had been talks of more restrictions on the country's enrichment work for a longer period of time.
Iran has said from the beginning that it would never implement the "unjust" and "illegal" UN resolutions, stated Zarif, reassuring that once the JCPOA is adopted as a UN resolution, it will render null and void all of the council's previous nuclear-related resolutions against Iran.
A satirical piece by Iranian daily Ghanoon pokes at those who make their living out of sanctions and don't wish for an agreement that results in removing the them.
Zarif stressed that all countries, including the U.S., should abide by the final agreement when it is finalized, adding that "under international law the U.S. government is obliged to remove the sanctions at once."
Zarif also rejected certain statements about the gradual removal of anti-Iran sanctions, saying the claims run counter to the current agreements between the negotiating sides.
On his Tweeter account after the announcement of the outline statement between Iran and the 5+1 group, Zarif also cautioned against relying on the contents of misleading "fact sheets," including its details on Iran's enrichment work and the U.S. claim of gradual sanctions relief for Iran.
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