Diplomacy requires patience: Zarif

January 17, 2016

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there is “nothing serious” to impede the implementation of the nuclear deal, noting that “diplomacy requires patience.”

“We are getting to the Implementation Day. Nothing serious. Diplomacy requires patience, but we all know that it sure beats the alternatives,” Zarif tweeted.
Zarif, who had travelled to Vienna on Saturday to declare the implementation of the nuclear accord along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, told reporters, “All oppressive sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic will be annulled today (Saturday).”
“Today, with the submission of the report by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the JCPOA will in fact become implemented, and after that, a joint statement… will be read out to announce the implementation,” Zarif told reporters upon his arrival in Vienna
“We think that the implementation of the JCPOA is not only a very good opportunity for the Iranian people by which all the oppressive Security Council sanctions, all the resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors will end and officially be annulled, but all the oppressive sanctions that have been imposed over the nuclear issue against the Islamic Republic will God willing be annulled today… and this is a very good day for the Iranian people,” Zarif noted, according to Press TV.
“But, besides, we believe that this is a very good day for the region; our region will be relieved of the shadow of an unnecessary conflict that could have caused worry for this region,” he said.
“This is also a good day for the world,” the Iranian foreign minister said. “Today is a day when we prove to the world that threats, sanctions, intimidation, and pressure don’t work; respect works.”
“Through respect, through dialog, through negotiations, we can in fact reach mutually-acceptable solutions, implement mutually-acceptable solutions, prove that the nay-sayers were always wrong, and therefore move towards a world in which diplomacy – not force, not pressure – will prevail,” Zarif said.
After arrival in Vienna, Zarif held a meeting with Mogherini about the JCPOA. The Iranian chief diplomat also held talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany finalized the JCPOA in Vienna on July 14.
Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of sanctions against the country.
The EU had already expressed preparedness to lift its economic sanctions against Iran as soon as the UN nuclear agency verifies Tehran’s compliance.
Diplomatic sources said on Friday that the 28-member bloc alongside the U.S. and UN can end their sanctions against Tehran on the “Implementation Day.""
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama lifted a decade-old ban on the export of civilian passenger aircrafts to Iran, officials said in Washington.

***Until the closing hour of the newspaper at 10:00 P.M. the joint statement declaring the implementation of the nuclear deal was not officially announced.