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President: Implementation of JCPOA just a beginning

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 19, IRNA -- President said on Tuesday that Implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) is just a beginning for Iran's economy and there is a long way to go forward with economic development.

Speaking in an economic forum, he pointed to the rivalry between members of P5+1 and differences among them and said it is dfficuld for a developing country to sit down with six countries which suppose themselves as world powers and try to convince all of them on one subject.

He expressed his regret over certain Muslim and neighboring states that he said spent money to prevent success of nuclear talks.

President also thanked the Supreme Leader for his support and praised Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan for paving the way for success of talks.

IAEA Board of Governors closed Iran's PMD case and declared that it has no evidence of Iran's deviation from peaceful purposes, Rouhani lauded as a good result for Iran.

The President said there is a long distance between the post sanction era and emerging as a new economic power but under the guidelines of Leader and people's support, government is committed to reach this goal.

He called boost of economy and resolution of economic problems including unemployment according to the Resistance Economy as a national goal.

Rouhani urged both private and government sectors to absorb 50 billion dollars of foreign investment as a pre-condition to realization of 8 percent economic growth.

On Saturday (Jan 16), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini read out a joint statement in the Austrian capital, Vienna, announcing that the JCPOA had come into force.

According to the statement, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US are lifted.

The announcement was made hours after the IAEA chief confirmed in a report that Iran has remained committed to the nuclear agreement with the world powers.

Yukiya Amano said in the report that Iran had taken the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the JCPOA.

The report was made after 'inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the (July deal) ... to enable Implementation Day to occur,' Amano said in a statement on January 16.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany finalized the JCPOA in Vienna, on July 14, 2015.

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