Rouhani speaks of 4-stage plan on nuclear deal
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, April 3, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani underlined on Friday that all the UN and economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran would be lifted after a final nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers goes into effect.
Rouhani said the Iranian nation was now closer to fulfilment of his election campaign slogan that he would keep Iran's nuclear industry running and remove the sanctions against the country.
Speaking on the state-run TV on Friday, President Rouhani said his administration had a four-step plan, which included the attainment of an interim deal, 'and after months of efforts, especially during the last few days, the second objective was also materialized last night'.
'In this second step, we have both maintenance of nuclear rights and removal of sanctions alongside constructive interaction with the world,' the president continued.
He further described attainment of a final deal as a third step before the July 1 deadline to be followed by a fourth step which would be its implementation.
'The Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) has accepted in the framework understanding attained on Thursday night that Iran will have domestic enrichment on its soil; and this means that those who stated that Iran's enrichment is a threat to the region and the world have admitted today that enrichment in Iran is no threat to anyone,' said President Rouhani.
'I, hereby, declare in a straightforward manner now that enrichment and all nuclear-related technologies are only aimed at Iran's development and will not be used against any other countries and the world has acknowledged very well today that Iran is seeking peaceful purposes,' he added.
He said Arak Heavy Water Reactor will continue its operation with the help of the most modern technologies and 'Fordo (uranium enrichment plant) will remain operational forever with 1,000 centrifuges installed in there and nuclear and physics-related activities and technologies will run there'.
'On the basis of this framework, all sanctions in financial, economic and banking sectors as well as all (UN Security Council) sanctions resolutions against Iran will be canceled on the very first day of the implementation of the deal, and new cooperation in both nuclear and other sectors will start with the world on the same day,' the Iranian President reiterated.
Rouhahi said his administration proved that sanctions, threats and pressures have failed to produce results, reiterating that Iran has always offered the West to resolve problems through talks, FNA reported.
Rejecting the western statements that Tehran joined the nuclear negotiations only under tough sanctions, President Rouhani underscored that Iran would never surrender to the powers and their bullying, but it would respect anyone who would treat it with honor and respect.
The Iranian president further reiterated that his nation is ready for cooperation with the world countries based on mutual respect and shared interests.
Iran and Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) started their new round of talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week to narrow their differences over Tehran's nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.
After nine days of hard work, the seven nations reached an understanding which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said according to the agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers, all the US, EU and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran will be lifted under the final deal.
'Our decision today that will be the agreed base for the final text of the Joint Plan of Action (the final deal) is of vital importance,' Zarif said reading out a joint statement at a press conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.
'Now we can start drafting the final agreement and its annexations by relying on the solutions achieved in the last few days,' he said after eight days of marathon talks with negotiators from the six world powers.
'As Iran continues its peaceful nuclear program, the degree and capacity of its enrichment and the size of its (enriched uranium) stockpile will be limited for specific periods and Natanz will be the only enrichment center in Iran. Nuclear enrichment R&D on centrifuge machines in Iran will be conducted on the basis of an agreed timeline and level.'
Zarif said Fordo will turn from a nuclear enrichment plant to a nuclear, physics and technological center, where Iran will receive international cooperation.
The Iranian foreign minister also said the country's Arak Heavy Water Reactor will remain in place after being redesigned and renovated through international cooperation, stressing that the facility will remain a Heavy Water Reactor in nature, but will produce plutonium which won't have the capability to be used for nuclear weapons production.
He said 'there won't be any reprocessing at the Arak facility and its consumed nuclear fuel will be sent' abroad.
'A collection of arrangements have been agreed for supervising the implementation of the contents of the Joint Plan of Action (final deal) which will include Safeguard Code 3.1 and voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol (to the NPT); the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will also use modern inspection technologies and will be given more agreed access to verify past and present issues,' Zarif said.
He said Iran will partner in international nuclear projects, 'including power plant and research reactor construction as well as nuclear safety and security'.
Zarif stressed that all sanctions against Iran will be lifted.
He said all UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran will be annulled as they did not help the settlement of the nuclear standoff between Iran and the six world powers.
'The EU will terminate imposition of its nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions and the United States will also stop implementation of its nuclear-related financial and economic sanctions simultaneous with the implementation of Iran's major nuclear undertakings in a way that they are verified by the IAEA,' Zarif said.
Zarif said the final deal will be endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution in a move to annul all the previous nuclear-related resolutions against Iran.
He said drafting of the deal will start soon to prepare the Joint Plan of Action by the July 1 deadline.
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