TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s president on Tuesday recommended the international community to seize the opportunity to secure a deal with Iran on its peaceful nuclear work, since the window is not going to stay open forever.
“The world needs to know that the opportunity given by the Iranian nation is not endless, and we have already formulated our economic plans according to the status quo,” President Hassan Rouhani said in an address to an economic conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Commenting on the consequences of a long-awaited, comprehensive agreement between Iran and major world powers on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program, Rouhani noted that the final deal will serve the interests of all parties.
“An agreement will be in everyone’s favor, because continuation of sanctions is detrimental to all and because the removal of sanctions would benefit all,” the president pointed out.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva.
Based on the interim deal, the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran’s decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities.
Such relief included suspension of some restrictions on trade in gold, precious metals and petrochemicals, and in the auto industry.
According to the Geneva deal, $4.2 billion in oil revenues were also transferred to Iran.
Later on July 18 and after more than two weeks of intensive diplomatic negotiations in Vienna, Iran and the six nations agreed to continue talks for another four months after missing a July 20 deadline for signing a long-awaited accord.
The two sides decided to extend the nuclear talks until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final deal. The four-month extension of the talks began on July 21.
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