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Araqchi: Sanctions should be lifted on day of agreement

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 5, IRNA -- Senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiations team Abbas Araqchi said sanctions against Iran should be lifted on the very day on which the final agreement is to be implemented.

He explained that when the drafting of the text of the final agreement concludes, then a date will be fixed for it to become operational.

On the same day, he stressed, all economic and political sanctions against Iran have to be lifted.

Araqchi underscored that one major demand of the Iranian nuclear negotiators is the removal of all financial and economic sanctions simultaneous with implementation of the agreement.

He said the present discussions are all focusing on the need for the sanctions to be lifted on the very day of implementation of the nuclear agreement.

The foreign ministry official noted that the overall agreement is already there and the negotiators are focusing on details now.

Asked to comment on the recent remarks of the US Secretary of State John Kerry who said inspections of Iran will run forever, he said he thought the remark was not odd.

He said this kind of inspection is simply part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty regulations.

He went on to note that countries join this treaty to have their peaceful nuclear program and in return accept to give access to the Intentional Atomic Energy Agency for inspections.

He said Iran has been doing this for years now, so inspections come as no wonder to it.

The senior diplomat described as "slow but steady" the process of drafting the text of the final agreement and hoped it would be finished in due time.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi who was talking to the Iranian television, said there are still points of argument remaining over the language and literature of the agreement.


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