AHVAZ, Iran – In his first provincial visit as president, Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that in the Geneva nuclear deal, which will go into effect on January 20, the world powers surrendered to the Iranian nation.
“The Geneva deal signifies the surrender of the major powers to the great Iranian nation, the Geneva deal signifies the world’s recognition of (Iran’s) peaceful technology (of uranium enrichment), and the Geneva deal means the destruction of the barricade of sanctions, which have been unjustly imposed on the peace-loving people of Iran,” Rouhani told a number of well-wishers from the southern city of Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is totally peaceful.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said the Iranian people deserve a better relationship with the world and noted that the country needs to establish constructive relations with the outside world.
He also stated that his administration needs to bring down the high inflation rate, reverse the economic downturn, and reduce the unemployment rate.
He also called for efforts to promote the unity of the Iranian people.
In his tour of Khuzestan, President Rouhani is being accompanied by Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, a native of Khuzestan who was a candidate in the June 2013 presidential election, and Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, an ethnic Arab from the province.