TEHRAN (FNA)- Austrian Ambassador to Tehran Friedrich Stift expressed pleasure in the positive results of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers sealed in Geneva, and hoped for the removal of all sanctions against Tehran after the endorsement of the final agreement by both sides.
Speaking at a ceremony at Tehran University, the Australian envoy told reporters that it is expected that the next round of talks would lead to a final agreement and subsequently total lifting of sanctions.
Iran and Austria enjoy deeply rooted relations but due to economic sanctions the level of bilateral trade exchange has decreased, he said, hoping that with lifting of sanctions bilateral cooperation would expand.
On November 24, Iran and the G5+1 reached a deal in Geneva after days of hard work and intensive negotiations.
After endorsing the agreement with the world powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the six world powers have recognized Iran’s enrichment program.
Speaking at a press conference at the time, Zarif pointed to the agreement reached between Iran and the G5+1, and said, “Today’s agreement deals with several sectors, the most important of which is that Iran’s enrichment program has been recognized, and this program will continue.”
Zarif underlined that the Iranian nation wants the opposite side to show respect for its rights, and said, “We need to remove the historical lack of confidence and the West should also be able to win the Iranian nation’s confidence.”
He called on the West to discard its catch-phrase “the military option is on the table”, and said, “The right to own nuclear energy is among the rights of all countries and the international rules approve of this right. Governments cannot threaten other countries only on the basis of their own decisions.”
“Iran is entitled to make use of its rights, and other countries should not threaten it because of its pursuit of its rights.”
He reiterated that other countries should avoid threatening Iran only because is demanding its rights, and said, “We respect our rights and the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) members should know that they should not exert pressure on Iran and this agreement that has just been signed mentions that Iran is fully entitled to the right of enrichment and it will never quit its rights in the future.”
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