JCPOA goes into force; Rouhani says new chapter opens with the world

January 17, 2016

VIENNA/TEHRAN - With the International Atomic Energy Agency confirming that Tehran has complied with the requirements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the implementation day of the JCPOA formally started on Saturday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement declaring the implementation of the JCPOA.
After the lifting of sanctions President Hassan Rouhani said Iran “has opened a new chapter” in its ties with the world.
Rouhani said everyone was happy with the accord, except those warmongers in the region.
“We Iranians have reached out to the world in a sign of friendliness, and leaving behind the enmities, suspicions and plots, have opened a new chapter in the relations of Iran with the world.”
The lifting of sanctions is “a turning point” for the economy, the president noted in a statement to the Iranian nation on Sunday morning.
Addressing Majlis on Sunday while submitting the draft national budget, Rouhani described the nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in the country’s history which could help to transform the economy.
“The nuclear deal is an opportunity that we should use to develop the country, improve the welfare of the nation, and create stability and security in the region,” Rouhani stated.
The president also said the nuclear deal is the gift of the Iranian nation to the world who is against “violence and war”. He also added the deal is not a “victory of one faction over another”.
Mogherini said Tehran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA and the lifting of sanctions would contribute to improved regional and international peace and security, BBC reported.
The West hailed the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal. Only the Israeli prime minister said Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb.
“Without an appropriate reaction to every violation, Iran will realize it can continue to develop nuclear weapons, destabilise the region and spread terror,” Benjamin Netanyahu said.