N-deal changed world attitude toward Iran: Zarif

TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) – Iranian FM Zarif said on Sun. the JCPOA and UNSC resolution 2231 have changed the world’s attitude toward Iran over its nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks this morning in a review session of the nuclear agreement at Ettelaat newspaper headquarters, attended by Sadegh Kharazi, founder and editor of the Iranian Diplomacy website, Ali Akbar Salehi, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), as well as deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araghchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi.

Noting that the UN Security Council had once announced Iran’s situation as critical in September 2003, Zarif added “the recent resolution, however, has obliged the Security Council to make a fundamental change in its attitude toward Iran’s nuclear program on the day the agreement was inked (July 14); Iran’s nuclear activity is no longer considered a threat against global peace and security.”

The Iranian diplomat considered the nuclear deal a great opportunity that has stemmed from the Iranian nation’s 73 percent participation in the presidential election of 2013.

“No one considers the aim of sanctions as a means to exert economic pressure; rather, its aim is to change a country’s policy. The sanctions try to exert pressure on the people and alienate them from the government; as such, most sanction regimes have led to war or a change in government,” said Zarif, noting that the participation of Iranian people in the 2013 election revealed the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Iran.

Zarif further referred to the UN Security Council resolution and its termination after ten years, saying “the new resolution indicates no prohibition but limitation. In the past, countries were not allowed to participate in Iran’s nuclear program, but the UNSC resolution 2231 actually encourages countries to participate.”

The Iranian top diplomat highlighted the expansion of economic ties with other countries as one of the most important guarantees for the implementation of the JCPOA, saying “we should be able to adjust our political, cultural and economic relations in regional and global scenes in such a way so as to make it unbeneficial for any country to violate the resolution.”

The UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously endorsed resolution 2231, turning into international law the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the 5+1 group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program on July 14.

The text of the UN resolution calls for the “full implementation” of the Vienna agreement “on the timetable established,” and urges UN member countries to facilitate the process.

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    • Arthur H. Lambauer 16:00 - 2015/08/09
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      Yes, indeed! The attitude of a world, which to change now is not more up to Iran.