Sanctions can’t be lifted soon: Iran minister

Iran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyeb-Nia has dismissed the likelihood of a quick removal of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“If we hope that the sanctions would be lifted in the near future and a breakthrough would occur, it would be wishful thinking, because the removal of the sanctions is a long-term process,” Tayyeb-Nia said on Saturday.

On September 26, following a meeting between the representatives of Iran and six powers in New York over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington could begin removing bans on Tehran within months if a “transparent process is in place” over the nuclear issue.

A day later, on September 27, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart held a landmark phone conversation mainly focusing on Iran’s nuclear energy program. It was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution more than three decades ago.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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