TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic should break the chain of “unjust” and “cruel” sanctions imposed on the country, adding that the government has taken the initial steps.
Addressing a large gathering of people in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday, Rouhani said that in the first steps, part of the sanctions on the insurance and banking systems, shipping, and automobile imports have been lifted.
The Iranian nuclear negotiators successfully ended the first round of negotiations with the world powers, he stated, and pledged that, banking on the people’s support, they will continue the talks to achieve the final victory.
He also vowed that his administration would uphold the people’s rights in the nuclear talks, saying his government “would not retreat one step from defending the rights of the Iranian nation, including [their] nuclear rights.”
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) reached an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program, 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 accord came into effect on January 20, and the two sides agreed to work on a comprehensive solution over the next six months.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president said that the people should prepare themselves for major developments in the economic, political, and foreign policy spheres.
Rouhani also promised that Iranian people from all walks of life, whether Sunni or Shia, would be entitled to equal civil rights under the administration of “prudence and hope”.