Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has hailed a “glorious victory” after senior diplomats in Vienna formally announced the lifting of sanctions against the country following confirmations from the UN that Tehran had fulfilled its obligations under last year’s nuclear accord. A final report by the International Atomic Energy Agency released late on Saturday triggered the much anticipated announcement of “Implementation Day”, which puts Iran on the brink of an extraordinary transformation, reconnecting it to the global economy. “Today we have achieved Implementation Day of the joint comprehensive plan of action,” Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said in a joint statement read at the UN in the Austrian capital in front of the world media. The US secretary of state, John Kerry – who was also in Vienna, said the sanctions termination provisions of Iran’s landmark nuclear agreement were now in effect. Barack Obama delegated authority to Kerry to make the determination. At the same time, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the EU and the UN were also lifted. The move came after a remarkable day that saw the release of four dual nationals and a teenage student in a prisoner swap with… Read full this story
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